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Latest Dental World

January-February 2018

2003


1. January - February

President’s Message: An Attitude of Gratitude

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve with the great dental professionals of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. As an international honorary dental academy, we are at the vortex of exponential growth and fulfillment of our purpose and vision.

I have often felt that the essence of the Pierre Fauchard Academy is its intent to accomplish three major fundamental purposes. These are to Preserve, Promote, and Protect. We live in a world where much emphasis is being placed on, or attention is given to, the negative aspects of humanity and life in general. Much of the reporting done by the news media is directed toward the negative, sensational, even shocking. Perhaps their rationale comes from the fact that “it sells.” In contrast, I believe that the majority of humanity everywhere lives with a basic sense of goodness that pervades much of what people say and do. This is the basis for the energy generated by any organization whose intent is to create value and make a positive difference in the world around us. This is the power propelling the Pierre Fauchard Academy forward and which is common in its leadership and Fellows.

When the Academy was founded, it was with the intent to preserve the best in the profession of dentistry for learning, teaching, and service. Fauchard, in writing his text Le Chirurgien Dentiste au Traite des Dents was preserving for the future benefit to others in the science of dentistry the knowledge he had gained from his own research and practical experience. This first-ever compilation of dental learning earned for him the title of “Father of Modern Dentistry.” Today, the Academy continues to focus on excellence in teaching and sharing information by having as its flagship magazine Dental World/Dental Abstracts. This is one of the most widely read journals in our profession. Its abstracts make it possible for the busy practitioner, lecturer, or student to access the essential information from recent research, which is applicable to their current professional pursuits. Legacy, published by the Academy as a compilation of thinking by renowned dental professionals, both living and deceased, preserves many of their thoughts regarding our profession and its positive effects in our own lives and the lives of the patients we serve. The PFA International Dental Hall of Fame museums in Paris and Maryland honor dentistry’s finest worldwide. We tend to preserve what we value most. When we are honest with out values, what we preserve has the potential to benefit others.

The Academy promotes excellence. Whether we are providing care to patients, learning from others, organizing caring projects in areas of dental need, or teaching, excellence is recognized through awards, which are presented on an annual basis by the many local sections and the international organization of the PFA. Every dental school in the United States and many throughout the world receive an annual scholarship, awarded by the Foundation of the PFA, to the outstanding senior dental student. Local sections also present financial awards to students and instructors who have shown excellence in their efforts to learn and serve. Financial grants from the Foundation support worthwhile dental service projects throughout the world. Promoting the values of the Academy is also demonstrated in the enrollment of new Fellows. New Fellows are nominated by their peers who are already Fellows and who desire to recognize them for their excellence in the profession of dentistry and the service they dedicate to their particular area of interest. Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy is a great honor, recognizing and promoting individual excellence and dedication.

The Academy protects the future of the dental profession. By preserving the excellence of the past and promoting excellence in the present and for the future, the dental profession is protected from deterioration of its ultimate purpose and intent to provide excellent dental health care. Growth in the Pierre Fauchard Academy signifies a healthy outlook for the profession. Fellowship in the Academy requires membership in the American Dental Association or its equivalent outside of the United States. Excellence preserved, promoted, and protected will continue to grow. In the PFA, “the value of the whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts.” We acknowledge and respect all other dental academies and colleges in our common goals for the continued growth of excellence in the profession of dentistry. We support all worthwhile efforts to provide valued dental service to all who desire and need it.

With gratitude, I accept the responsibility of leadership shared with others of the Academy and look forward to the growth and excellence intended by its organization.

Gary Lowder, DDS
President

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Past PFA President Michael Cripton, 2002 Best Award recipient, receiving Foundation check from Foundation President Robert Shira in happier days

Major General Dr. Robert B. Shira Has Passed Away

Foundation Executive Director Shig R. Kishi, a close friend of Dr. Shira’s, announced that after a prolonged illness, Major General Dr. Robert B. Shira passed away on 22 November 2002. Dr. Shira had been Dean and Provost for Tufts University, past ADA President, past PFA President, past Foundation President, and so many other titles and honors it would take pages to list them all. (And it did, when DW did the story on Dr. Shira being the only living member of the PFA Hall of Fame.) His illness began on 7 May 2002 when he became bedridden at Walter Reed Hospital until he was relieved of his mortality last November. Now this great human being is with us all in his immortality.

Dr. Shira was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on 20 December 2002 with his family and friends after a service at Fort Myer’s Old Post Chapel.

Dr. Kishi requested of the family if there was any way we could express our bereavement. Dr. Shira’s son-in-law Ed O’Hara stated that Dr. Shira’s passion in life was the service he was helping to provide the entire world through the PFA Foundation. He could think of no better memorial
than to contribute to the Foundation to continue that passion. He asked that Dr. Kishi receive these donations at the following address: Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, c/o Dr. Shig Ryan Kishi, Executive Director, 26 Hillsdale Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

(tax identification # 77-0120371)

Personal condolences may be sent to Dr. Shira’s family at:

Ed and Linda O’Hara, 1800 Pelling Court, Silver Spring, MD 20905-4442.

The PFA Section of Costa Rica has already expressed their deepest and sincere condolences on the departure of Dr. Shira. “In our country he will always be remembered as a person of great convictions and an exemplary duty for service to others.”

Mrs. Tomiko Nakayama of Japan’s Hakusui Trading Company of Osaka expressed her sorrow over the loss of Dr. Shira. “He was a great man of foresight and forerunner of the Age decades ahead, predicting the present Age of Megachange decades before in science, art, tools, materials and business. He strongly urged the profession to keep themselves abreast of these innovations. These were his words three decades ago, strongly inscripted and branded in my memory, when I first met him in Honolulu, Hawaii.”

Dr. Robert Shira touched people around the world in much the same manner. A man with such extensive credentials, walls filled with honors, a history of service to all humanity around the globe, was such a humble person. He would say, “Just call me ‘Bob.’” Major General, Dean, Provost, ADA President, PFA President, Foundation President and so on, you just could not call him “Bob.” His list of credentials will outlive him. Books will record his distinguished service. But the ink on paper will never contain the true essence of this man for all ages. His immortality is in his humanity to all races, colors, and creeds. In a religious context, he would be sainted, which is probably the only honor he did not get … yet.

Awards Luncheon

Our annual Awards Luncheon was held on Saturday, 19 October 2002, at the Riverside Hilton in New Orleans during the ADA Convention. An overflow crowd of Fellows and guests filled the banquet hall from all parts of the world to join in honoring the many international dignitaries receiving recognition from the PFA. President Scott Welch presided with incoming President Gary Lowder acting as Master of Ceremonies.

One of our greatest honors was bestowed on past PFA President Minoru Horiuchi of Boston and that was our 66th PFA Gold Medal. Dr. Horiuchi will be serving as ICD International President this coming year. In his address, he expressed how proud he was to become a U.S. citizen on 7 December 1959. He noted that he was not a chance citizen of the United States by birth, but that he chose to be a citizen. We were all glad that he was an unsuccessful Kamikaze pilot in WWII, as his life ever since has touched thousands of people in healing.

The PFA Elmer S. Best award was presented to Dr. Rufino N. Achacoso of the Philippines and a member of their Hall of Fame. In his acceptance of this Award, he noted that he served as a Master Sergeant in the Philippine Army in Manila before entering his career in dentistry.

The Elmer S. Best Award had also been presented to past PFA International President Michael Cripton of Canada in May in Montreal during their 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Dental Association. Both Drs. Achacoso and Cripton are Rotarians.

Dean Walter Lieber Bielli, past PFA Section Chairman for Uruguay, now Dean of the Catholic University School of Dentistry in Uruguay, was presented the PFA International Certificate of Merit.

The PFA International Certificate of Merit was also presented to Professor Dragoslav Djukanovic of Serbia at the Macedonia III Congress last September.

Herr Gerd Schulte, CEO for Degussa Dental of Germany, accepted the PFA Dental Trade & Industry Award on behalf of his company, which has some 1600 employees worldwide. In his acceptance, he noted that his company has continued to be responsive to the needs of the dental profession during this Space Age technology. They work harder to overcome the borders and trans-Atlantic relations for the development of the best dental products in the American and European markets.

Dr. Joseph A. Devine, past ADA President, a PFA Fellow, received the PFA Presidential Award. In his address, Dr. Devine noted the collapse of the Medical Aid Program: “You cannot lose money on every sale and make it up on volume.” He discussed how different States are addressing the problem, except paying the provider for his services. “In my 50 years of dental practice, most of my patients have their teeth and their money. Be a doctor, not a car dealer.” Dr. Devine mixed the serious with so much humor that it was easy to see why a person takes to him so quickly. “I was in the half of my dental class that made the upper half possible.” However, his comment that he played football for the University of Wyoming Cowboys (ranked #106 this year out of 117 Division I-A teams with a 2-10 record) might not have been meant as humor.

Dean E. Steven Smith (formerly of Northwestern School of Dentistry), now the first Dean of the Nevada’s new dental school, was presented with the PFA Distinguished Dentist Award.

Retiring Trustees and Section Chairs were honored for their service to PFA.

The new PFA Officers for 2002-2003 were sworn in by immediate past President M. David Campbell. Left to right in the picture, they are President-elect Kevin Roach of Canada, Vice President Michael Perpich of Minnesota, Trustee Barry Dolman of Quebec, Trustee Charles Eller of California, Trustee Steve Hedlund of Iowa, and new immediate past President Scott Welch of Wyoming. President Gary Lowder was sworn in at the podium.

Concluding the ceremonies were Secretary/ Treasurer Richard Kozal and President Scott Welch inducting 10 new Fellows into the Academy.

There was no question that this had been the most successful International Awards Banquet that PFA has hosted in years. Many thanks go to the untiring efforts of the Central Office for pulling it together and having nearly all parts of the world represented.


New Orleans Board Meeting (continued)

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Richard Kozal presented the Academy’s financial picture to the Board, stating that all invoices have been paid as of 30 September 2002. The next major expense will be this meeting and the remaining Mosby bill for Dental Abstracts/Dental World. A review of the Mosby bill is currently being handled to certify our balance.

To date, 407 new Fellows have been processed with 30 more coming in after the 1 September 2002 date and will be processed for the 2003 year.

The 2002 voluntary donations for the Foundation collected so far amount to $18,473 for the year.

The independent review was conducted in March in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws and it was favorable.

The Budget & Finance Committee Report noted the quarterly conference calls, approved financial statements, the 2002 budget, the proposed budget for 2003, the set meeting per diem, and the dues increase of $10 to $95.

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New Foundation President Carl Lundgren and Treasurer George Higue

Foundation Report

by Vice President Carl Lundgren

Foundation Vice President Carl Lundgren presented their report to the Academy, noting that their deep concern has been over the illness of President Dr. Robert Shira, who was not able to attend this meeting.

The Foundation is now in its seventh year since the receipt of the Brenes-Espinach estate and has reached the $2.25 million level in presenting grants and scholarships. We are being universally recognized as a leading dental philanthropic organization, ranking with ADAHF, except that ours is international.

The Costa Rica situation has been resolved with the liquidation of all the Brenes’ holdings there. The Santa Catalina Corporation had been founded to handle the estate under the leadership of Drs. Kozal, Shira, and Lundgren. The last two properties have been liquidated and our responsibilities toward the legacy defined in the Brenes’ will have been completed.

Treasurer George Higue has invested the Foundation funds wisely to insure that we have the interest needed to provide funding for the grants and scholarship programs.

The Foundation Board will be discussing modifications to their Constitution and Bylaws to address some small adjustments that are felt to be needed.

The Academy Dental Museum is being funded through the Foundation. It currently is not a tax-deductible for donors, but steps are being taken to qualify it for this and to comply with the Foundation requirement that it be educational. The Foundation has also supported the dental museums in St. Louis and in Baltimore.

A proposed PFA Grant Awards Oversight Committee is being established to provide further information to grant reviewers to make an educated decision on Academy requests. A resolution has been placed before the Foundation Board to decide if such a committee is necessary.

Last year, the Foundation did not hold their annual meeting in Kansas City due to the disruptions of the 9/11 situation. But the business to carry on the grants and scholarship programs was completed and in place for phone/mail agreement by the Board.

Guidelines for accepting non-cash donations are being investigated. In the past, such donations have been more trouble than they were worth, but estate bequests are encouraged.

Since Grants Committee Chairman Carl Lundgren has been elected to serve as President of the USA Section of ICD for 2003, Foundation President Robert Shira has appointed Dr. Fred Halik as Grants Committee co-Chair in 2002. In Dr. Shira’s absence from this year’s meeting in New Orleans, Dr. Halik will make the grant presentations to the Foundation Board, while Vice President Carl Lundgren will officiate in conducting the Foundation Board Meeting.

The publicity over our grants program has been very good. From this we expect more grant applications. But the Foundation will strictly abide by Dr. Brenes’ wishes that the funds from his estate not be used for “undue bureaucracy” such as supporting organizational budget shortfalls.

Seven resolutions have been submitted to the Foundation by Vice President Carl Lundgren for consideration by the Foundation Board. They are: (1) Representation: That no member of the Board is authorized to speak for the Foundation without specific written authorization to do so by the President, Executive Director, or Executive Committee; (2) Channel of Communication: All contacts relative to the operations of the Foundation shall be routed or copied to the President and/or the Executive Director; (3) President Emeritus: Shall be a past Foundation President, hold Executive Committee status with full voting rights, and remain as a member of the Foundation Board without term limits; (4) The officers of the Foundation shall be a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and President Emeritus; (5) Three members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum; (6) Change Article VII, line 1 from $6,000,000 to read $5,000,000; (7) Past Academy Presidents will be added to the Foundation Board as a result of a majority vote by the Foundation Board from the “Available Past President List.”

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Academy President Gary Lowder with Foundation Executive Director Shig Kishi

Foundation Report

by Executive Director Shig Kishi

Dr. Kishi’s report commenced with an explanation of why the Kansas City Foundation Board Meeting was cancelled last year due to the 9/11 disasters and its aftermath.

The dishonesty bond insurance policy was renewed and is separate from those policies of the Academy.

The Costa Rica Dental School Multimedia Teaching System has been totally funded over the last five years at $104,500 and was concluded in 2001. An additional $450 was sent to the university to cover the cost of shipping equipment in 1997.

The Loader-Espinach Award for 2002 was presented to Dr. Benjamin Herazo Acuna last March. The Award has been presented in 1999, 2000, 2002 and the next one will be in 2004. Each is funded at $7500 per year.

The last of the Espinach property in Costa Rica has been cleared of lawsuits, liquidated, and we have no further legal obligations there.

There were 27 approved grants in 2001 for 2002 with seven others being disapproved. The New York State Dental Association Disaster Assistance Fund received the 2001 PFA Humanitarian Award for $5000.

Since October 2001, 93 grant applications have been mailed, 36 completed grant application were received, 18 were returned, leaving 18 for Board consideration.

Dr. Kishi then went over the history and amounts of money funded for the 2001 and 2002 projects, the donations made to the Foundation through the Academy, and the progress of the scholarship program.

Dr. Larry Barrett is Chairman of the Foundation’s Publicity Committee. He has accepted the position to help raise funds for the Foundation and will be making a presentation to the Academy Board later in the Meeting.

At this Meeting the Foundation Board will act on the new proposed amendments, review the request from the dental school in Costa Rica, and hold election of new officers.

Constitution & Bylaws Report

Chairman Robert Hart presented his report in which President Welch had asked his committee to consider some additional Constitutional changes concerning representing the Academy and information channeling. It was determined that the Committee’s suggestions, as presented, needed to be woven through the entire Constitution, with some being established in the Policy Manual. These were referred back to Committee to work with out with our legal counselor John Howe to go over our documents and bring them into line.

Nomination Committee

Chairman Malcolm Campbell reported that the committee had withdrawn the Committee’s recommendations made at the Executive Board Meeting in Las Vegas on 13 March 2002.

President Welch then opened the floor for nominations for the offices for the 2002-2003 year. There were three nominations for President with Trustee Gary Lowder being elected President. Trustee Kevin Roach was elected President-elect. Trustee Mike Perpich was elected Vice President. Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal was re-elected Secretary/ Treasurer. Drs. Barry Dolman of Canada, Charles Eller of California, and Steve Hedlund of Iowa were selected as new Trustees to replace the newly elected Executive Officers.

Publications Committee Report

Editor James Brophy reported that the rough spots in the transition between Mosby-Year Book publishers of St. Louis and Elsevier of Philadelphia were being worked out. We have been informed by the publisher that the subscription rates for Dental Abstracts for 2002 will be $20 U.S. and $24 international.

Dental World has been receiving more international articles suggesting that our publication is being read globally.

The Section Editor’s Handbook had been handed out at the Kansas City Meeting and to the Publicity Chairman for consideration of printing it for all the Sections to initiate a Section Newsletter. No response has been forthcoming.

Membership Report

Secretary Richard Kozal presented the membership statistics showing our current membership at 7847, which demonstrated a growth of 500 new Fellows from 1 January 2000 to 1 January 2002. The report was broken down into individual countries and Sections.

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Chairman Ray Klein

Hall of Fame Report

Chairman Ray Klein reported that he was applying to the Board for guidance. There are currently 14 inductees in the Hall of Fame. There were 10 names already inducted when the Board limited the Inductions to two a year, one international and one U.S. Drs. Terence Ward (U.K.) and Frederick McKay (U.S.) are still awaiting Induction.

The Chair suggested inducting Dr. Ward at the Oral Surgery Society of Britain and opened the floor for ideas for Dr. McKay, who started out discovering the value of fluoridation in Michigan and ended up in Colorado. Other names awaiting consideration were Drs. Rafiuddin Ahmed (India), Morinisuke Chiwaki (Japan), Edward Angle (U.S.), and Maynard Hine (U.S.). Dr. Roach suggested awaiting the Inductions due to costs until there were convenient venues in which to do them, but we can approve further names and wait for the right times to do them.

In a subsequent letter from Dr. Ruperto Gonzalez-Giralda, he noted that Dr. Ward should be noted as Sir Terence Ward, O.B.E., as he was knighted by the Queen of England for his services to Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery in the United Kingdom. Dr. Gonzalez-Giralda knew “Terry” very well and that he was really proud of his well-deserved knighthood.

Chairman Ray Klein continued with his report concerning the retention of the venues for the Hall of Fame itself. The Paris venue was ideal and well maintained and visible. The Harris Dental Museum in Baltimore has them on the third floor where even the museum tours are not brought to see them. Drs. Klein and Campbell agreed that there was PFA exposure there and to get them down to the first or second floors would cost the Academy more money with doubtful results. With the help of Bud Tarrson, the Academy funded the museum $50,000 in 1997 for the current location.

The ADA Building would be an ideal U.S. venue. At the Kansas City Meeting, the Board had authorized continuing to discuss this matter with the ADA, so Dr. Klein had met with the ADA Committee of three Trustees chaired by Dr. James Branson. The ADA Committee had approved the concept, but were renovating the ADA Building (Chicago) of the asbestos and restructuring the floors. Their plans were for moving the library from the 19th floor to the 6th floor and establishing a museum of the donated dental artifacts. Their suggestion was a TV monitor with punch buttons to call up the names and histories of the Hall of Fame members located in the ADA library. Pierre Marois addressed the importance of the internationality of this project.

A motion was passed that we (1) proceed and finalize the work on Dr. Terence Ward’s Induction—time and location; (2) bring prior documentation forward to the Board of Trustees for approval by the Board in San Francisco on Dr. Frederick McKay for Induction into the Hall of Fame; (3) bring proper documentation forward to the Board on the other names in San Francisco for Board acceptance into the Hall of Fame, but await for a proper and timely venue for Induction.

Chair Ray Klein noted that there was some discussion of making the Harris Dental Museum part of the Smithsonian.

He also had asked about placing the Hall of Fame plaques on the walls on the second floor of the ADA Building, but this was denied.

A motion was passed to continue to negotiate with the ADA. The Hall of Fame Committee would then report back the cost, annual maintenance, and any additional expenses that might be incurred in locating the Hall of Fame at the ADA Building. Dr. Kozal noted that cost of the plaque is about $250 with one placed in Paris, one at the Harris Museum, and another given to the family of the Inductee.

A motion to have the rest of the matters brought before the Board in San Francisco was made by Dr. Campbell, seconded by Dr. Lowder, and passed.

Awards Committee

Chairman Gary Lowder reported that the Awards for the 66th PFA Gold Medal presentation honoring Dr. Minoru Horiuchi will be held on Saturday 19 October at the Awards Banquet.

Dr. Michael Cripton was presented the PFA Elmer Best Memorial Award at the Canadian Induction luncheon held during the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Dental Association Meeting in Montreal last May. Dr. Ruffino N. Achacoso of the Philippines will be presented the Elmer Best memorial Award at tomorrow’s Awards Banquet.

The Banquet’s speaker will be Dr. Joseph Devine who will be receiving the President’s Award.

The PFA International Certificate of Merit Award will be presented to Dean Walter Lieber Bielli of Uruguay’s Catholic University Dental School.

The Dental Trade & Industry Award will be presented to Germany’s Degussa Dental’s Herr Gerd Schulte.

Retiring Trustee Awards will be presented to Drs. Gary Lowder, Kevin Roach, and Michael Perpich.

Retiring Section Chairmen Plaques will be presented to Drs. Raymond Maddox of Indiana and Steve Hedlund of Iowa.

The PFA distinguished Dentist Award will be presented to Dr. E. Steven Smith, Dean of Nevada’s new dental school.

These awards had been approved at the March Las Vegas Executive Board Meeting.

Awards Banquet

Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal announced the arrangements for the Banquet Luncheon to be held the next day. Eight new Fellows are scheduled for Induction at the banquet–six from Louisiana, one from Nevada, and one from Missouri.

Leadership Conference

This Conference that was scheduled for 2003 had been cancelled by the Executive Board at their 13 March 2002 Meeting in Las Vegas. The incoming officers will examine its contribution to the Academy and determine another date, location, and chairperson.

Mentorship Program Report

Chairman Raymond Maddox reported that the Mentorship Program exists in four phases: (1) Programs mentoring by PFA or with PFA and other organizations at dental schools, (2) Programs in Sections with no dental school mentoring new dentists by PFA or with PFA and other organizations, (3) Programs already existing without PFA, and (4) no programs at all for various reasons. Their success is also in that order. Where we have support from the dental schools and/or the Section’s dental organization, these programs seem to thrive with PFA supporting and participation. Many Chairs have attempted to establish such programs in their areas and have met with varying degrees of success due to support from the dental schools themselves, the local organized dental society, the perceived need for such a program from individual dentists encouraged to participate, and the rate of volunteers from PFA or another organization to spearhead the movement.

We have various scenario programs to fit all levels of interest, and brochures to explain the program, but all the factors need to exist to run a successful one. Some such programs are being run apart from PFA, and we encourage our Sections to volunteer to support those, as opposed to initiating a new one ourselves. Those areas where there are no programs, we have approached the dental societies and the dental schools armed with methods to begin one. In some cases our help has been declined.

International Committee

Chairman Ernesto Acuna discussed the financial impact on many third-world countries where many eligible members simply cannot afford membership at this time. Many existing Fellows have considered dropping their membership because of financial reasons. One of the thoughts to be considered is some form of dues reduction to these areas. The Central Office and President responded that each country’s situation is considered by the Executive Committee on a case-by-case basis. They had reviewed the FDI’s dues structure, which is a sliding scale based on that country’s GNP, but it was determined that this would cause a larger reduction in income if we implemented that. The FDI is securing the majority of their funding from their annual Congress with the dues structure being secondary. PFA has no such major funding input as a Congress and must rely exclusively on the income from the dues.

There is another consideration that PFA is an international honor organization inviting only that country’s elite dentists to become Fellows in comparison to FDI, which accepts any dentist wishing to be a member.

Trustee Bernardo Levit reinforced Dr. Acuna’s statements that some of his area’s elite dentists, giving of themselves to help the general population or teaching in academic institutions, do not make the money to be able to accept our invitation. On the other hand, many dentists who can afford the dues and want to be members are not qualified by our standards.

The Central Office assured the Board that they are constantly examining this problem. But even in our own country, the costs of maintaining the International Office have risen, the interests of the Board in updating and modernizing our operations have stretched our means to provide these services to where it has become necessary for the Foundation to assist us in executing our programs to keep them running or to initiate them. To pare back our major source of income in collecting dues would result in a reduction of services provided and programs being run, which make PFA what it stands for globally.

These are difficult decisions that face the Board annually, and the Executive Committee quarterly, and the Central Office daily.

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Section Chair Caucus
Section Chair Caucus

Drs. Ray Maddox (US) and Ernesto Acuna (international) chaired a Friday morning meeting from 8:30 a.m. until the Caucus broke for lunch at noon. Many topics were discussed about the Academy programs as they impacted the Sections. Editor Jim Brophy also addressed the 37 attending concerning their interest in articles in Dental World, any suggestions for improvement, and how they could get articles into the publication.

The activities and suggestions of the Academy were discussed such as holding Induction Ceremonies, soliciting membership, having the Central Office collect local Section dues, and mentorship. It was a thoroughly inclusive gathering of probably the largest group of Chairs that we have had in some time, covering a wide range of topics. A list of their suggestions will be forwarded to the Central Office for possible implementation.

Officers & Trustees Reports

These reports from the International Officers were discussed for additional comments. The reports were accepted by the Board.

Appointment of Section Chairs

Secretary/Treasurer put forth the following names for Board approval for their respective Sections:

• Dr. Henrique Teitelbam for Brazil
• Dr. Jamie Koifman for Chile
• Drs. Allison and Alasdair Watson for Scotland
• Drs. Bill Leifler and Tom Smith for Arkansas

There was some concern about the Brazilian Section since the new President Renato Geromel had introduced himself as having succeeded to the position from an election several years ago without Board knowledge or approval. He had been invited to appear before the Board to explain this and answer why the dues from his Section had not been paid. He did not attend the Board Meeting to do so.

A motion was passed to continue to work on the Brazilian situation (Dr. Lowder will send a letter as International President to them). A motion was passed to accept the nomination for California Southern Section Chairman from new Board Trustee Charles Eller.

Trustee Bernardo Levit requested of the Board that they also consider dividing Latin America into Central America and South America, as the area was too large for one Trustee to administer.

Section Chairs’ Reports

These reports have been submitted for the meeting agenda manual from the Chairpersons in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Nevada, Northern California, Nebraska, Philippines, the Czech Republic, Yugoslavia, Kenya, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, Israel, Italy, Japan, France, and Macedonia. They appeared in the meeting agenda manual for Board review. Any additional information to be added to these reports or problems were discussed. The reports were accepted by the Board.

New Orleans Board Meeting (Second Board Session)

Sunday, 20 October, Cambridge Room

President Scott Welch reconvened the PFA Academy Board Meeting with a quorum present at 8 a.m.

President Welch commended the Central Office for a very well-run Awards Banquet, and Dr. Lowder for his handling the Awards presentations to the various dignitaries from around the world. He noted that it was one of the largest banquets we have had, with the event starting on time and being completed by 2 p.m. to permit the Foundation Board to continue their meeting. He was also impressed with actual internationality of the guests attending from around the world.

Region 9 Area Meeting

Dean Diampo Lim of the Philippines invited all PFA Section Chairs of the Region 9 Area, and anyone else who would like to attend, to a PFA meeting in Manila in April 2003 during the Asian-Pacific Dental Association Convention. Four Section Chairs have responded to the meeting request. Dean Lim hopes to have a ceremony at that meeting to induct 37 new fellows and would like an International Officer there to help officiate.

The next Asian-Pacific Dental association Meeting will be in Hong Kong in 2004, and in Malaysia in 2005.

Legal Counsel Session

Our attorney Jonathan Howe was present to answer questions by the Board Members.

One such question addressed the Constitution & Bylaws Committee’s suggestion of changing the title from Secretary/ Treasurer to Executive Director, whereby the Executive Director would be on paid staff and the Secretary/Treasurer would be an elected volunteer. Attorney Howe answered that this would just be shifting the responsibilities around and would require Constitutional changes and also an additional officer to pay to come to the Meetings.

Attorney Howe went on to define the various governing documents. The Constitution is for unincorporated organizations to establish the purpose and governance. In Articles of Incorporation, this is necessary. The Bylaws are a contract with the members that can be more easily reviewed, revised, and restated. The Policy Manual is the way the organization operates specifically within what guidelines.

Electronic communication is possible through a Bylaws amendment. The new Executive Committee suggested making Constitutional and Bylaws changes in San Francisco. Trustee Mark suggested that these draft changes in those documents be in place by the March Executive Meeting so they may be reviewed then.

Operation of Sections

Secretary Richard Kozal replied that the Academy had always permitted local autonomy of its Sections to determine their own procedures, governing authority, officers, and programs. Attorney Howe noted that there is a fine line between autonomy and anarchy. President-elect Gary Lowder responded that if they have not paid their dues, they are not a valid PFA organization. Attorney Howe suggested revoking their franchise.

It was suggested that Secretary Kozal write them a letter explaining that if their dues were not brought up to date, the International PFA can no longer recognize them as a PFA Section and will appoint a replacement. If there are no dues paid, then there is no Section. Trustee Mike Perpich asked if the Board had the authority to collect Section dues ourselves. Attorney Howe responded that you can as you have the authority for chartering their franchise. A brand name loses its meaning if the authorities in charge do not protect its integrity.

This problem was also referred to the Special Committee to draw up the Constitution and Bylaws revisions to establish minimum standards for what is expected out of a Section.

Foundation Fund Raising Committee

Past PFA President Larry Barrett gave a presentation on the looming future of the Foundation to continue providing grants and scholarships with the declining returns on the investments. Dr. Higue has been doing an excellent job of generating the necessary revenue, but even his magic will run out if the market continues to stay depressed.

Dr. Barrett has been pressed into Foundation service to raise $3 million to increase the endowment. He proposed that the Academy appoint a joint “ad hoc” committee for one year with the Foundation to establish a plan to send out a letter to every Fellow requesting a donation, follow up with a thank you letter, and publish their names in Dental World. The Foundation is to fund this project.

The Academy is to appoint three members of the Board of Trustees along with the three members from the Foundation Board to work on this project and report back by the March Executive Board Meeting. The names to serve on the Academy portion of this committee were Drs. Mike Perpich, Barry Dolman, and Scott Welch. Trustee Levit also suggested that we stress “in memoriam” donations.

Membership Committee Report

Dr. Charles Eller suggested we call the committee the Fellowship Committee to develop and work to inspire the section Chairs to increase membership. We need to provide them with guidance and the tools to accomplish this.

2002-2003 Committee Appointments

Incoming President Gary Lowder announced his committee appointments for the incoming year.

The Executive Committee is established with President Gary Lowder, President-elect Kevin Roach, Vice President Mike Perpich, Immediate Past President Scott Welch, and Secretary/ Treasurer Richard Kozal.

The Fellowship (membership) Committee will be eight members: Drs. Charles Eller (Chair), Pierre Marois, Bernardo Levit, William Winspear, Mamoru Sakuda, Barry Dolman, Steve Hedlund, Scott Welch, and Richard Kozal.

The Budget & Finance Committee will be Dr. Kevin Roach (Chair), Scott Welch, Gary Lowder, Mike Perpich, and Bob Hart. They will need to immediately draw up a budget for the 2002-2003 fiscal year.

The Nominations Committee will be Drs. Scott Welch, David Campbell, and James Long.

The Constitution & Bylaws Committee will be Drs. Mike Perpich, Howard Mark, David Campbell, and Robert Hart.

The Publicity and Publications Committee will be Drs. James Brophy, Howard Mark, and Mamoru Sakuda.




The Awards Committee will be Drs. James Englander (Chair), Pierre Marois, and Charles Eller with consultants Bernardo Levit, Nicholas Saccone, Gary Lowder, Ray Maddox, Mamoru Sakuda, and Frank Braun.

The Mentorship Committee will be Drs. Ray Maddox, Barry Dolman, Mamoru Sakuda, Pierre Marois, and William Winspear.

The Hall of Fame Committee will be Drs. Ray Klein (Chair), Fred Halik, and Pierre Marois.

The Archivist & Historian will be Editor James Brophy.

The “ad hoc” Fund Raising Committee will be Drs. Mike Perpich, Scott Welch, and Barry Dolman.

Each Section Chair has the right to nominate to the Board. All recommendations must be submitted by 1 January 2003.

A motion was made by Richard Kozal, seconded by Howard Mark, that the Board accept the Committee Appointments for the 2002-2003 year. The motion was passed.

New Orleans Board Meeting (Unfinished Business...)

Strategic Planning Committee

Chairman Howard Mark noted that it was an ambitious framework, which he culled from the strategic plans of other organizations. We now need a Committee to implement these plans into the Constitution and Bylaws, and what the Academy does, and their financial impact.

A motion was passed that the Board of Trustees review the information and return with long range planning as to how to interdigitate this with our goals and interests, and governing documents, to give a summary by 1 January 2003.

New Orleans Board Meeting (New Business...)

Foundation

Dr. Carl Lundgren announced that the newly elected officers for the Foundation for the coming term were Dr. Carl Lundgren as President, Fred Halik as Vice President, and George Higue for Treasurer.

The Academy requests for funding from the Foundation had been approved.

Dr. Lundgren also announced that Helen Sheridan, Chairman of the ADA International relations Committee, reported that President George Bush mentioned the Foundation’s $5000 Humanitarian Award contribution to the 9/11 disaster fund during his address to the Opening Session of the ADA. (Editor’s note: President Bush did not mention us by name, but by deed.)

Central Office

Correspondence of note to the Central Office was included.

Election of New Trustees

Secretary Richard Kozal presented the credentials for the recommended replacements of Dr. Kevin Roach, Dr. Barry Dolman of Montreal has been recommended; for Dr. Michael Perpich, Dr. Steve Hedlund of Iowa has been recommended; and for Dr. Gary Lowder, Dr. Charles Eller of California has been recommended. A motion was passed to accept those recommendations as new International Board Trustees.

Chairman Caucus Suggestion

Dr. Kozal reported that to collect local dues and separate them out from the international dues would that we collect at the St. Louis lockbox address would cost us more, since the bank would need to several additional encodings to accomplish this and then have the checks issued to the Sections. The costs and logistics of doing this need to be reviewed.

2003 Annual Meeting in San Francisco

The ADA Meeting dates will be 25-29 October, Sunday through Thursday. Dr. Carl Lundgren noted that the ADA Educational component will be the previous Thursday through Sunday. Will this have an effect on our Meetings and Awards Banquet? Dr. Kozal will look into this matter, but as of now the Board meeting will be held on Friday 23 October 2003, the Awards Banquet and President’s Reception will be on Saturday 24 October 2003, and the final Board Meeting and Social Dinner will be on Sunday 25 October 2003. Vice President Mike Perpich will host the Section Chairman’s Caucus.

PFA Web Site Report

Webmaster Mark Stanley provided his report as of 10 September 2002, which demonstrated increased usage. His organization is keeping the site updated each month. Its has been visually enhanced with color and graphics. We are now averaging 400 visitors per day. The publications section has the highest rate of visitors. Traffic has also increased from our some 35 links to other related dental sites. We now have some 50 main pages and seven articles plus images in our History of dentistry series, and 24 back issues of Dental World on-line. The Directory has been added containing the membership rosters by Section. There is an on-line calendar of events continuously updated with schedules and contact information. We have an internal search engine to locate articles of interest.

2003 FDI Meeting in Sydney, Australia

The FDI Congress will be held in Sydney, Australia, 18-21 September.

 

Calendar 2003

27 February-2 March - 138th MidWinter Meeting, Chicago
8 March - Academy Executive Board Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah
24-30 April - 25th Asia Pacific Dental Congress, Manila, Philippines / PFA Region 9 Meeting
18-21 September - 91st FDI World Congress, Sydney, Australia
24-27 September - New Orleans Dental Conference, New Orleans
23-26 October - PFA Annual Board & Foundation Meeting, San Francisco
25-29 October - 144th ADA Session, San Francisco

(Have your PFA Event date put here. E-mail Editor Brophy at PFADWJMB@aol.com)

Shortage of Dentists Reaching Acute Stage

In 1998, at the First PFA International Continuing Education Symposium in London on 22 June (Dental World, Sept/Oct 1998 issue), then U.S. National Institute of Dental Research Director, now USC School of Dentistry Dean, Harold Slavkin warned the dental profession that with the increasing population and the closing of many dental schools, we were going to be facing a severe shortage of dentists by 2005. Several dentists heralded this as reduced competition, but Dr. Slavkin noted that they may celebrate now, but when it came time to pass their dental office on to newer hands, those hands would not be there. Practicing dentists had better not consider their office as a retirement package for their old age.

Newer, expensive dental technology coming into the marketplace will also age the functioning dentists’ practices of today. Outfitting an older office with the newer technology would not be cost-effective over the remaining productive life span of the older dentist. Yet not to would make the office less attractive to a new graduate for purchase.

In Dental World, May/June 2002 issue, we reported on an article from The Academy of General Dentistry entitled “Rethinking Licensure,” which noted the rural shortage of dentists and what some states were doing about it.

Now we have received an article from Oral Health America, which is a fully independent organization dedicated to improving oral health in the United States, titled “Dentist Shortage Goes Beyond Rural Regions.” Their research resulted in noting that 25 states, many in the Midwest, had a shortage of dentists. The shortage in the Midwest should come as no surprise after the closings of dental schools at Loyola, Northwestern, Washington University of St. Louis, and Oral Roberts. The dental school at Marquette University (Milwaukee) needs to be subsidized by Wisconsin to stay open.

Oral Health America used the criteria of one dentist for every 2000 people. And Nevada’s ratio was one dentist for every 3100 residents. But Nevada is addressing the problem by “rethinking licensure” and opening a new dental school.

Other states above this 1:2000 ratio are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia (where the Emory Dental School closed), Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming. In most of these states this reflects under served rural areas. But even in the states with a 1:2000 ratio, particularly in the Midwest, many urban areas are currently underserved. Highly populated cities lack dentists serving Medicaid/public health beneficiaries and the uninsured.

ADA past President Joseph Devine addressed this in his speech at our Awards Banquet last October. When public aid programs underpay the provider, you cannot make up in volume for each patient loss in revenue and continue to stay in business.

President Robert Klaus of Oral Health America noted, “Having an adequate supply of dentists is key to ensuring that Americans can access oral health care. We cannot continue to ignore the oral health of rural America and the other underserved areas.”



What is the answer?

The problem is more complex than simply running off a list of figures. As a result, the solutions are going to be more complex.

Figures will tell you that work time in the labor force is down mostly by dental emergencies than any other factor—even when the workers are covered by dental insurance.

Access by producing more dentists is only part of the answer. In the 1960s, new dental schools were opened, existing schools increased enrollments through government capitation programs, and there were more dentists graduated. But these new dentists stayed in already served areas where remuneration compensated them well for their work, and they lived in areas where they could make maximum use of the recreational advantages.

The Public Health Service flourished during the 1960s and 1970s as an alternative to active service in the Armed Forces. But when peace came and the draft ended, the PHS, which was serving rural areas, lacked the manpower as well.

State licensure strangles locating in another State through the fear that one state would become overpopulated with dentists wanting to live there. Nowhere is the economic factor of supply and demand calculated in. If you were a dentist in the European Union, you could practice anywhere in Europe that is a member. In many third-world countries, you do not even need a license to practice dentistry, they are so desperate for dentists. But in the United States, your license is restricted to your state. Teeth change from state to state, you know.

The bottom line is simply an economic one. Dentists will locate where they can achieve a level of living commensurate with their talents, and the years they suffered achieving dental skills, and the years of experience practicing those skills. A secondary reason is closeness to areas that they can easily travel to enjoy the benefits of their labors.

Rural areas can be attractive to raise a family in. But inner-city public aid areas are not worth the risk in placing yourself in harm’s way, after all those years to achieve a doctor’s degree, for such little compensation. Again, the bottom line is economics.

In recent years, advertising, insurance companies, government restrictions have all attempted to reduce the honored profession to that of a business that can be dealt with on a profit/loss basis. Even the general population has begun to buy into the concept that dentistry is merely a service commodity, and not an honored profession. This has also resulted in fewer individuals choosing dentistry as a profession, and many enter into it as they would a successful business opportunity.

If you want to lay this on the back of government, reread the series of articles in Dental World by Dr. Amarjit Gill of the United Kingdom describing socialized dentistry gone wrong. Again the bottom line is economics.

“Houston, we have a problem!”

International Committee

Chairman Ernesto Acuna discussed the financial impact on many third-world countries where many eligible members simply cannot afford membership at this time. Many existing Fellows have considered dropping their membership because of financial reasons. One of the thoughts to be considered is some form of dues reduction to these areas. The Central Office and President responded that each country’s situation is considered by the Executive Committee on a case-by-case basis. They had reviewed the FDI’s dues structure, which is a sliding scale based on that country’s GNP, but it was determined that this would cause a larger reduction in income if we implemented that. The FDI is securing the majority of their funding from their annual Congress with the dues structure being secondary. PFA has no such major funding input as a Congress and must rely exclusively on the income from the dues.

There is another consideration that PFA is an international honor organization inviting only that country’s elite dentists to become Fellows in comparison to FDI, which accepts any dentist wishing to be a member.

Trustee Bernardo Levit reinforced Dr. Acuna’s statements that some of his area’s elite dentists, giving of themselves to help the general population or teaching in academic institutions, do not make the money to be able to accept our invitation. On the other hand, many dentists who can afford the dues and want to be members are not qualified by our standards.

The Central Office assured the Board that they are constantly examining this problem. But even in our own country, the costs of maintaining the International Office have risen, the interests of the Board in updating and modernizing our operations have stretched our means to provide these services to where it has become necessary for the Foundation to assist us in executing our programs to keep them running or to initiate them. To pare back our major source of income in collecting dues would result in a reduction of services provided and programs being run, which make PFA what it stands for globally.

These are difficult decisions that face the Board annually, and the Executive Committee quarterly, and the Central Office daily.

Foundation News

From the desk of the Foundation Executive Director Shig R. Kishi…

Dr. Kishi reported that the total grant funds for 2002 awarded were $204,104 and the Scholarship Awards were $97,500, with total funds expended at $301,604. This brings the total amount of scholarship funds awarded since 1996 to $773,400 and total grant funds awarded to $1,450,844, resulting in a total of $2,224,244 given out by the Foundation since its inception in 1996.

President George H. Bush Addresses Volunteerism

ADA Director Helen Cherrett of the Center for International Development and Affairs thanked the Academy for our “generous support” in helping sponsor the International Volunteer Symposium in which past President George H. Bush made a direct reference to the symposium, concluding that there can be “no successful life that does not include service to others …” And he even mentioned the Foundation’s Humanitarian Award to the 9/11 Disaster, but not by name specifically, as an example of our volunteerism.

The symposium was completely sold out and received high accolades from all involved. The Morial Convention Center in New Orleans during the ADA Convention there had 8500 dentists and guests attend to hear President Bush. While the publicity reports failed to mention the President’s remarks on the Foundation sponsored symposium and the Humanitarian Award, these items were certainly the thrust of his address as examples of what we, as a profession, are all about in helping to heal the wounds of the world.

This was the first in a three-part Distinguished Speaker Series.

A Michigan Story

by Chair Virginia Merchant

Your PFA Foundation awarded the Michigan PFA Section a grant for $3500 to assist the Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Michigan. This grant allowed their Section to fund a new dental unit light and supplies for this summer camp. Dr. Donn Kipka, a PFA Fellow, is the Dental Director for the Bay Cliff Health Camp.

As part of our service to Bay Cliff this year, two of our member dentists volunteered to provide dental care at the camp during the week of Camp Independence, when adults with physical disabilities go to camp and experience activities the rest of us take for granted.

Dr. Malcolm David Campbell (immediate past PFA President) and Dr. Cheri Newman joined the staff there to share the campers’ experiences. Stephanie Newman,RDH, dental assistant Kristy Dorland, DS3 UDM dental student Tiffany Chimelak, Mrs. Janet Campbell, and James Kenyon formed the dental team.

After the week was over, Hygienist Stephanie Newman wrote this to the Michigan Section.
“Each of us volunteered with the idea of being able to help others. But each of us were helped instead. Little did we know when we first met the campers in wheelchairs and walkers that they would be our teachers. You see, these campers were “differently-abled,” not disabled. Each person we encountered taught us a new and valuable lesson; something we could take home with us. In these campers we saw strength where others see weakness. We saw drive and determination where others see a hopeless situation. We saw independence where others would assume dependence.

“Yes, it is true that we went there to help in their physical well-being by cleaning and filling teeth, but they helped our emotional well-being by filling holes in our hearts. They offered us love, friendship and joy all the while teaching us a very important lesson: Never take for granted the ability you have. And never assume your ability is limited. I thank you, members of the PFA for the opportunity to be changed, to grow, and to be a part of a family of friends that I will never lose.”

Chair Virginia Merchant commented that she thought we would like to see how such grants provided for by our Foundation not only help patients. But they also affect the providers.

Fund Raising for the Foundation

Since 1996, the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy has been able to donate $2,196,740 toward dental student scholarships and grants for dental projects throughout the world. The Foundation has been able to do this through the generous donations by the Fellows of our Academy.

Now we are facing a crisis when these time-lapsed investments come due. Reinvestment will be at a grossly reduced rate. This will need to be reflected in smaller, or fewer, grants to serve world dental projects that depend on us for their existence.

The Foundation is restricted from using any of the principal funds for these projects. The interest that they produce is all that can be used. Due to the investment magic of our Treasurer George Higue, a past PFA President, this amount has been about $300,000 per year. But with the economic situation being what it has been, we will need to increase the principal considerably to keep up the level of funding for these projects.

Our nonprofit corporation receives money through your contributions, bequests, planned giving, memoriam donations, grants, and from other private and public sources. Those funds are applied directly to the principal, not spent at all, in order to generate interest revenue that is granted to the various worthwhile projects that your Board of Trustees judges to be necessary to dental public health and fall within the established guidelines of the Foundation for funding.

The Foundation Board of Trustees is composed of past Academy Presidents who have served many years in the Academy before joining the Foundation Board, not to mention their decades of service in dentistry through their dental societies, private practices, teaching, and research.

As Executive Director Shig R. Kishi puts it, “The Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy is perhaps the one shining beacon to help those needy individuals our profession serves.”

Past PFA President Larry Barrett will be sending all our Fellows a personal letter requesting your consideration for contributing to the Foundation principal. His goal is to raise $3 million for the Foundation. But Dr. Barrett has already notched into that goal considerably with his own donation, which he did not want me to tell you.

Your donation will never be spent. All the donations gathered will amount to a considerable figure that can be invested, the interest from which will work for you in serving the dental public.

Envision that your contribution or memoriam will be put to work for worldwide dental needs. It will do this year-in, and year-out, long after we shuffle off this earth for another assignment. A part of your benefice will always remain doing the service you have dedicated your life to, even after you are gone. This is immortality at its highest level.

Become part of the Foundation Immortals by considering now how much you wish to continue to represent you in this living Foundation serving this planet’s dental needs. We need all of our Fellows, because together we can make a much more significant impact than as individuals.

Wait for the letter, or volunteer now by sending your heartfelt contribution to: PFA Foundation, 1441 Avocado Avenue, Suite 508, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

Give Kids a Smile

February Is ADA’s Children’s Dental Health Month

This year, the ADA has teamed up with Crest Healthy Smiles 2010 to help the ADA provide dental care to thousands of underserved children in their First National Dental Access Day. On 21 February 2003, dentists across the country will provide free dental services, educational materials, and oral health care products to the needy children of their communities. This is the first time the ADA has paired with a private company to improve dental access at the national level. They will organize dental teams around the country to provide a wide range of dental services such as in-school brushing demonstrations, large-scale community screening and treatment events, with individual dentists providing free care to selected children in their private practices.

Crest will donate toothbrushes and toothpaste along with educational materials. Crest also partners with local Boys and Girls Clubs across the country, and their facilities will be involved.

This might be a good one-shot program for a PFA Section to get involved in. Or international Sections might contact their local Lions or Rotary Clubs to see if those clubs might be interested in getting involved in some way.

For further information, or if you personally want to help out, log onto www.ADA.org for more information. For International Sections, you can contact Crest Healthy Smiles 2010 at 1-877/289-6322.

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L-R, Medical faculty Dean P. van Cauwenberghe, recipient Dr. Boryana Iankova, Ghent Pro-Rector J. Willems, and Postgraduate Professor J. DeBoever

Foundation News continued...

Belgium

Chairman Jose Dahan reported having PFA Honorary Member Professor J. A. DeBoever present the Foundation Scholarship Award to Ghent University Dental School student Boryana Iankova last summer at their Promotion Ceremony in the Aula of the University. Dr. Iankova completed her postgraduate work in periodontology. She had been selected because of her pronounced dedication to dentistry and her endurance in pursuing her goals despite very difficult personal conditions.

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Fellow Garry Lunn presenting the Scholarship Award to dental student Kimiko Kika
Canada

Fellow Garry W. Lunn of Vancouver, British Columbia, presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to University of British Columbia dental student Kimiko Kika at the Dean’s Night last September.

Costa Rica

Dean Fernando Saenz Forero of the University of Costa Rica Dental School has been informed that the Foundation Board approved funding of their “Data Processing Clinic Video Unit” grant for $37,000 through PFA Chair Mario Rodriquez Cordero over the next four years.

France

International Trustee Pierre Marois, regent for Europe, translated a letter from Conseil National de l’Ordre President Dr. Andrè Robert in which he expresses his happy appreciation for the Social Dental Bus funded through the Foundation and other partners. The new dental bus arrived last September and is the culmination of five years of getting this mobile dental clinic in operation. It is 10 tons of weight but contains the most modern up-to-date equipment.

Switzerland

Chair Roland Söllner of Zurich announced the awarding of the Foundation scholarship to Mrs. Photini Mengisopoulos of the Zentrum für Zahnmedisin der Universität Basel by Professor Carlo Marinello.

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Dr. Joseph DiMartinis with McGruff, the “Take the Bite Out of Crime” Dog, showing the “toothprint”
United States
Massachusetts

Chair Norm Becker reported that the partially funded by the Foundation CHIP program received recognition from McGruff the Crime Dog and Rollo the Clown. Last November, James Jejuga, the Secretary of Public Safety for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, also endorsed the CHIP Program along with State Forensic Dentist Dr. Kate Crowley, and with that of the State Medical Examiner’s Office. The National Conference for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) keynoted this program at their international conference in Tampa, Florida. Agent Peter Banks, Director of Training for NCMEC, hailed this program as the most comprehensive recovery and identification program available in the world. Currently, 136,000 children have been ID’ed through this effort. State Masonic CHIP Director Dr. David Harte noted that the incidence of attempted abductions in Massachusetts has fallen significantly, and that community awareness about this problem has been increased.

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Dean Carole Hanes presenting Foundation check to student Rhonda Joyner
Georgia

Chair Karyn Stockwell reported having the Foundation Scholarship Award presented by Associate Dean Carole Hanes of the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry to student Rhonda B. Joyner during their Welcome Back Assembly.

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L-R, Chair William Buchanan, recipient Richard Simpson, Dean James Hupp
Mississippi

Chairman William Buchanan and Dean James R. Hupp of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to student Richard Simpson in front of the entire dental class.

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L-R, Karen Mulcahy, Richard Kozal, Theresa Raglin
Nevada

Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal made the Foundation check presentations to Karen Mulcahy, Director of the Community College of Southern Nevada Dental Assisting Program, and to Theresa Raglin, RDH, Director of the CCSN Dental Hygiene Program.

Ohio

Chairman Al Uveges presented the Foundation Scholarship Awards to Case Western Reserve dental student Rockland Alan Ray and Ohio State College of Dentistry student Gregory W. Anderson.

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University of Pittsburgh dental student Aimee Dull receiving scholarship check
Pennsylvania

Kenneth Etzel, Director of Student Services for the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, reported presenting the Foundation Scholarship Award to fourth-year dental student Aimee Dull.

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Dean Catherine Flaitz presenting Scholarship Award to student Jarrod Edward Jones
Texas

Chair Roger Macias of San Antonio reported that the Foundation Scholarship Award has been presented by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston–Dental Branch’s Interim Dean Catherine Flaitz to senior dental student Jarrod Edward Jones last November.

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Dean Diampo Lim addressing the Convocation. (L-R) Vice-Chair Hermogenes Villareal, Dr. Antonio Baldimar, Trustee Mamoru Sakuda

Section News

Republic of Philippines

Chairman Dean Diampo J. Lim hosted their 2nd Annual PFA Convocation at Manila’s Heritage Hotel last May in conjunction with the 94th Philippine Dental Association Meeting. International Trustee Mamoru Sakuda attended with the Section officers, Vice Chairman Hermogenes P. Villareal, and Constitution & Bylaws Chair Antonio Baldimar.

Canada

Fellow Jack McLister was honoured at the University of Western Ontario’s Homecoming by being presented the Alumni of Distinction Award last September. Dr. McLister is an examiner with the National Dental Examining Board, a clinical lecturer at the University of Western Ontario, and has served on the Ontario Dental Association’s Board of Directors. He has twice been President of the London Dental Society and the District Dental Society. He is a PFA and ICD Fellow.

Germany

Chair Frank Braun has met with Degussa’s Gerd Schulte and W. Haase to plan a PFA meeting in Berlin in June 2003. Mr. Haase wished to invite all PFA Fellows for an evening to his house where we would have an Induction Ceremony and dinner. This would take place during the European Congress in Berlin. So far 11 new members have accepted the invitation for fellowship.

Portugal

Chair Gil Alcoforando of Lisbon co hosted their annual Meeting with Professor Antonio Vasconcelos Tavares, ICD Regent for Portugal, since many are Fellows of both groups.
 

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PFA Japan Section Meeting
Japan

International Trustee Mamoru Sakuda hosted the 33rd annual Meeting of the Japan Section in Osaka last September with past PFA President Min Horiuchi, 2002 PFA Gold Medal recipient. Seven new Fellows were inducted into the Academy. Guest speakers were Dr. John Stanford of Scottsdale, Arizona, on “Development & Challenge of Standards of Concern to Dentistry”; Dr. Stanford was also presented the Michinosuke Nakayama Memorial Award; Professor Hiroshi Okada of Osaka University on “Advanced Modalities in the Treatment for Periodontal Disease/Periodontal Regeneration”; and Ritsumeikan University Professor Tomio Nishikawa of Kyoto on “Where Is Japan Going in the 21st Century? Seeking a Cure for Our Diseased Moral Sense.”

Poland

Chairman Professor Zbigmew Janczuk held their Section Meeting in Lodz last November to induct five new members. Currently, they have 68 active Fellows with 15 Life Members and three Supporting Fellows. Their Section has proposed a preventative program for children and teens to the Ministry of Health to replace the one cut for lack of funds in 1999 during the health service reform movement then.

Pakistan

Chair M. A. Soofi, one of the first Fellows in Pakistan in 1975 who rose to the position of Section Chairman, held a Convocation to induct new Fellows with the assistance of former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Dr. Nasim Hassan Shah, in a joint ceremony with ICD. Professor Soofi retired as Dean of the Postgraduate Medical Institute in 1991. He also serves as ICD Regent for Section 24 since 1968.

United States

California, Northern Section

Chair Daniel Castagna hosted their annual Convocation and Luncheon last September to induct seven new members into Fellowship with Trustee Gary Lowder. Our new Fellows are: Drs. Ricardo Cuevas, Richard Garcia, Belinda Gregory-Head, Michael Lew, Lucinda Lyon, Sima Salimi, and David White. The luncheon honored Hall of Fame recipient Dr. George Hollenback (1886-1973). The Section, which missed their 2001 Meeting Awards due to the 9/11.2001 disaster, presented their PFA Dental Faculty Recognition Awards for 2001 to Dr. Shannon Wong of UOP and to Dr. Mark Dellinges of UCSF, and their 2002 Awards to Dr. Jeffrey Wood of UOP and to Dr. Fred Dowe of UCSF.

The PFA Faculty Development Grant for 2001 went to Dr. Nader Nadershahi of UOP and to Dr. Robert Ho of UCSF, and their 2002 Awards were presented to Dr. Brian Kenyon of UOP and to Dr. David Rising of UCSF.

The Section’s scholarship awards for 2001 were presented to Dr. Michael French of UOP and to Theresa Swensen of UCSF; their 2002 awards went to Dr. Jeffrey Rosa of UOP and to Dr. Emily Hui-Chung Wu of UCSF.

Their International PFA Senior Student Award for 2001 went to Dr. William Worden of UOP and to Dr. Christopher Sabourin of UCSF; and their 2002 awards were presented to Dr. Michelle Feliciano-Turner of UOP and to Dr. Grace Chyuwei of UCSF.

The PFA Foundation 2001 scholarship awards were presented to Dr. Jason Larkin of UOP and to Dr. Nahal Ashouri of UCSF; the 2002 awards were given to Dr. Jared Buck of UOP and to Sadi Kermani of UCSF.

The Northern California Allied Service Award was presented to Christine Miller, RDH, MHS, MA, with the biography given by UOP Dean Art Dugoni.

Dean Dugoni also accepted the Hollenbeck Hall of Fame plaque for UOP.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Steven Chan, California Dental Association President.

The New Fellow & Award Selection Committee consists of Chair Daniel Castagna, Secretary/Treasurer Stafford Duhn, and Dr. Dennis Shinbori.

Iowa

Chair Steve Hedlund, retiring this year to serve as PFA International Trustee, reported that past PFA President Larry Barrett received the 2002 Distinguished Service Alumni Award presented by the University of Iowa Alumni Association on their campus in Iowa City. The Award is given to those who reflect the highest standard of achievement and service nurtured at the University of Iowa. His PFA friends refer to him as “Dr. Hawkeye” for his outstanding commitment to the entire University even to supporting their athletic programs. Rumor is that his funding a football scholarship last year resulted in Iowa’s outstanding (11-1) record and a Bowl Championship Series bid to the Orange Bowl.

Congressman Charlie Norwood of Georgia, a PFA Fellow, had recommended in his DW letter to us that we support Congressman Greg Ganske, MD, of West Des Moines in his effort to become U.S. Senator from Iowa. Dr. Ganske wrote us thanking everyone for their donations to his campaign. Unfortunately, he was outspent by $6 million, lost the race, and his father passed away the day after the election. We extend our condolences on both of his losses and thank him for the years he has spent supporting dental legislation in Congress for the profession. He will be missed.

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Dr. G. D. Morris and his twin, new Fellow, Dr. Charles Morris with his wife Linda
Maryland

Chair Don-N Brotman of Pikesville hosted their Induction Ceremony last year to add 11 new members into our Fellowship. There were many dignitaries present to welcome them.


Dr. G. D. Morris and his twin, new Fellow, Dr. Charles Morris with his wife Linda

Michigan

Chair Virginia Merchant and Treasurer Edward Sarkisian hosted their Section Breakfast Meeting during the Detroit District Dental Review last November. At that meeting they had a slide presentation on the Bay Cliff Health Camp Project they organized. They also made the scholarship presentations to the University of Michigan and to the University of Detroit-Mercy dental students. They also cosponsored Dr. Michael M. Hoen’s lecture on “Current Endodontic Imaging and Treatment” during the Detroit District Dental Review.

Nevada

UNLV has opened the country’s newest dental school with 76 freshmen starting classes last August. UNLV President Carol Harter particularly mentioned PFA Fellow Ray Rawson, Nevada State Senator, for his perseverance in getting the school passed through the legislature, which was to be self-sustaining through tuition and clinical revenues. But Nevada put up $2 million to get the project going and cover construction. The facility is expected to educate some 300 dental students when it is at a full four-year capacity. As many states that are trying to reduce spending, Governor Kenny Guinn placed a hiring freeze at UNLV and requested the Chancellor to reduce their budget by 3%. What effect this will have on the new dental school remains to be seen.

Dr. Rawson, who is an advocate for improved dental care for needy children and the elderly, noted that he was impressed with the entrance class that had been selected from some 1300 applicants. Forty-three of the students come from Nevada with 33 from other states. The demographics are 52 male and 24 female with an average age of 27. Ten are Asian, four are Hispanic, and two are black.

UNLV President Harter addressed the incoming class at the Doc Rando Recital Hall in the Beam Music Building expressing her hope that as dentists they would remain in Nevada to promote the low dentist-to-patient ratio. (See related article in this issue, Shortage of Dentists.)

The Inaugural Class of 2006 in their “White Coat Ceremony” took a professional pledge to place the interests of their patients first, establish their trust, and observe the code of ethics for the profession. Dean Patrick Ferrillo, Jr. welcomed them, followed by President Harter’s remarks. ADA President D. Gregory Chadwick gave an address along with ADEA past President Pamela Zarkowski. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Susan Silverton presented the new students with their white coats and pins, while the Director of Student Services Richard Carr, Jr. led them in the recitation of their professional pledge.

Pennsylvania

Trustee Howard Mark announced the appointment of Dr. Frank A. DiNoia as PFA Section Chairman for the Keystone State to fill the big shoes left by retiring Chair Joseph Donato. Trustee Mark pledged his support for their membership program to reflect the size of the dental profession in the state.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is currently recruiting for an NLM/NIDCR-funded postgraduate training positions in Dental Informatics for dentists interested in pursuing a career in dental informatics particularly in academia. The program leads to an MS degree in biomedical informatics with a concentration on dental informatics and is directly awarded by the Center for Biomedical Informatics. This position includes full tuition and a stipend. Additional information is available at http://di.dental.pitt.edu/programs/pg/ or call 412/648-8886 for more details.

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Dr. Roger Macias
Texas

The Academy has officially appointed Dr. Roger Macias of San Antonio as the new Section Chair to serve Texas.

Louisiana

During the New Orleans PFA Meeting, Section Chair James Roethele took the opportunity to induct eight new members into Fellowship at the Awards Banquet. Our new Fellows are Drs. Shannon Allison of Mandeville, Mark S. Chaney of New Orleans, Duane P. Delaune of Metairie, Charles B. Foy, Jr. of Madisonville, Eric Geist of Monroe, James R. Nichols of Lafayette, Earl L. Tarver, Jr. of Monroe, and Corky Whillhite of Metairie.

2. March - April

President’s Message: An Attitude of Gratitude

The value of great leaders who are dedicated to service to their families, profession, and their community was exemplified so well in the life of Major General Robert B. Shira, President Emeritus, Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. My visit to the memorial services and funeral held in his honor instilled in me a profound gratitude for the opportunity to be alive, to share life with a wonderful family, to be of service to the profession of Dentistry, and to make a difference in the lives and health of my patients and neighbors through personal service in my practice and to my local community. The legacy he created in this life merits our emulation

.We each have a choice in creating our destiny and the legacy we will leave to others. Giving ourselves to the service of others and building and uplifting them in their efforts to create their own legacy elevates us all. The ability to see the gifts in others and encourage them to build on them for the benefit of worthy causes is one of the marks of a great leader. I recall Dr. Vern Eyre who nominated me for fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy. His faith and confidence in me and his recognition of my efforts to be of service and create
excellence in my dental practice served as a catalyst for me to want to be more, do more, and give more of myself in service. Each of us within the Academy’s fellowship has within us the power to elevate and inspire others in our profession by inviting them into the Academy fellowship where they can reach higher levels of service through support from the programs available to their service. Great leaders inspire the manifestation of leadership in others by mentoring and example.

I encourage each of you, Fellows of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, to invite at least one of your worthy colleagues into fellowship in the Academy each year. Your successes in sharing the honor of fellowship will be magnified to strengthen and protect this profession of service and health. The promotion of excellence in ourselves and others will create unlimited excellence in the world around us. Our legacy will be the preservation of all that is good in our lives and the dental profession we love.

Gary Lowder, DDS

President

From the Desk of Mary Ann Irvine…

Dear Friends of my father Dr. Robert Shira:

I bring you sad news that my wonderful dad, Bob Shira, passed away on November 22, 2002, at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC.

He was well until early May, when he was hospitalized by pneumonia and a sepsis infection from which he never recovered. He was still very active and serving as President of the PFA Foundation. On May 1, he was a guest at a White House ceremony, and on May 2 at a VIP Dinner at the Pentagon. Both events were held to honor the bravery of a dentist from World War II, an effort daddy started over 30 years ago when he was Chief of the Army Dental Corps.

Dad was a remarkable man and he had an incredible life. As a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy said when dad was inducted into the International Dental Hall of Fame in October 2000, “He will pass this way but once. There will never be another like Dr. Shira, who helped forge our profession into the high quality standard that distinguishes dentistry as a profession.”

The family, all his daughters and their spouses, his grandchildren and their spouses, and great-grandchildren, will gather in Washington to say good-bye. He will be honored with a full military funeral and will be buried with mother in Arlington National Cemetery.

Words cannot express how much we already miss this great, warm, wonderful man. Please feel free to call, e-mail, or write with any questions or memories.

Sincerely,

Mary Ann Irvine

Irvinecore@aol.com

Academy Represented at Funeral Services by President Lowder

by President Gary Lowder

I represented our Academy in the solemn ceremonies for Dr. Robert B. Shira in Silver Springs, Maryland, on December 19th and then again at the Old Fort Chapel at Fort Meyer in Arlington, Virginia, the next day. It was an honor for me to be in the presence of the Shira family and to convey the love and appreciation of the entire Academy and the Foundation to them, and in respect for Dr. Shira.

The general mood was that of a celebration of a life well-lived, of a man who was great in his love for his family, nation, and all the many organizations he served.

His daughters, Sharon, Mary Ann, and Linda Kay, as well as their spouses and grandchildren, and great grandchildren, were very generous and kind to me. They greatly appreciated my attendance on behalf of the Academy/Foundation. General Chandler, General Brady, General Loefler, Admiral Sazima, and Asher were also among those who attended.

I was able to speak a few minutes at the Silver Springs service, and to read the part of Dr. Shira’s entry in the book, Legacy, published by Drs. Loader and Kishi in 1990.

The military funeral proceedings were very dignified and fitting for this great leader. I know we will all miss his presence at our meetings. But we will all remember him fondly and with great appreciation for all that he did for the Academy and for the Foundation.

Dr. Robert B. Shira

– rests in peace in God’s hands –

In writing, when the story of an era is finished, a period is placed. You turn the page and a new chapter is started. The chief author of that period passes from history, so it is a convenient place to end that chapter.

But, as in all of history, these eras overlap. They do not end at the period or at the start of a new chapter. And such is the life of this Oklahoma dentist, General, surgeon to the President, Dean, Provost, ADA President, PFA President, Foundation President, and so many other titles that reflect his genius and talents that it has taken several editions of Dental World to even scratch the surface of the multifaceted diamond that was Dr. Robert Shira.

The events in his many decades of life that he started moving not only have changed the face of the profession, but his administration, his philosophy of life, will affect many in the decades to come who will not even know his name. This mortal immortality is the most a human can achieve in this life.

Now, free of his mortality, we can expect Dr. Bob to continue to watch over and move the positive forces of the universe for the betterment of all—as he did in life.
We all will miss his physical presence. We all will miss his acute manner of reaching right to the heart of a problem or situation and arrive at the answer. His demeanor was such that when he suggested an answer, no one questioned the mason from etching it into stone. He was the closest thing to our father, our loving grandfather, to a mortal god of legend. Those events he has put in motion will continue on. The chapter of the era in dentistry that he began will continue without its creator. But it will continue, long after his name is forgotten.

When the General received the Dental Hall of Fame Award as the first and only living professional to be so honored, it was mentioned that he alone can be singled out as a pivotal point in our profession, like Pierre Fauchard, like G. V. Black, and the many others honored in the Hall of Fame that contributed so much to dentistry, and so much to life on this planet. Many of those so honored had the effect of their genius distributed worldwide. But Dr. Shira is the only honoree who personally delivered them to the corners of the world. He was just such a person. You could not be with him but moments and not be affected by the driving philosophy of life that compelled him to teach.

Perhaps, comparison to dental legends is an inaccurate category to remember the man by. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle might be a far better list of companions. Long after the fame and techniques of Dr. Shira have started to fade in our own mortal minds, there will still remain, to our last breath, the effects he had on each of us on how to lead our lives.

The Legacy Continues…

As example of Dr. Robert Shira’s continuing legacy, the PFA Foundation wishes to thank the following people for their donations in memoriam to the Foundation in Dr. Shira’s name. Well over $6000 has been donated in his name.*

• American Academy or Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
• Albertson, Carol
• Barrett, Dr. C. F. “Larry”—past PFA President
• Benoit, Dr. Christine—past Rhode Island Section Chair
• Bers, Trudy
• Boker, Mattie & Irving
• Brophy, Dr. James—PFA Editor
• Campbell, Dr. M. David—past PFA President
• Cowen, Dr. Edward
• Cripton, Dr. Michael & Nancy—past PFA President
• DeChamplain, Dr. Richard & Edwina, Medical University of South Carolina
• Distelhorst, Dr. Fred
• Dugoni, Dr. Arthur—University of the Pacific Dean
• Dugoni, Dr. Steven
• Englander, Dr. James—PFA International Trustee
• Goodman, Dr. William—Oklahoma Section Chair
• Gottschalk, Dr. Jack—Harris Dental Museum
• Hayward, James & Jane
• Hesse, Dr. & Mrs. Robert—Louisiana Section co-Chair
• Higue, Dr. George—past PFA President, Foundation Treasurer
• Hutchinson, Dr. Rowland—President, American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
• Japan PFA Section
• Kempf, Dr. Kenneth & Linda
• Kishi, Dr. Shigeo Ryan—past PFA President, Foundation Executive Director
• Kostos, Dr. James
• Kozal, Dr. Richard—PFA Secretary/Treasurer, past ADAVP
• Kramer, Justin
• Kruger, Gustav
• Laser, Norman & Mary
• Levit, Dr. Bernardo—PFA International Trustee
• Long, Dr. James—past PFA President
• Lundgren, Dr. Carl—past PFA President, Foundation President, USA ICD President
• Maihofer, Dr. Glenn—Wisconsin Section Chair
• Marois, Dr. Pierre—PFA International Trustee
• McCallum, Dr. Charles
• Nakayama, Mrs. Tomiko—Hakusui Trading Company of Japan
• Parson, Nan
• Perpich, Dr. Michael—PFA Vice President
• Rothchild, Philip & Miriam
• Saccone, Dr. Nicholas—past PFA President
• Stine, Dr. Gordan—past PFA President-elect
• Trimarco, Patricia
• Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Dean Lonnie Norris
• Van Dusen, Elizabeth & Duncan
• Vernetti, Dr. James—1999 PFA Gold Medal recipient
• Welch, Dr. Scott—immediate past PFA President

*More donations to the Foundation are being received in Dr. Shira’s name, and additional names of donors will follow in subsequent issues of Dental World.

Our General Marches On

by James R. Hayward

Robert B. Shira (1910-2002) might best be described as a “born leader.” The achievements of Major General Shira, Dean and University Provost, Editor, and past President of the full spectrum of professional organizations are unparalleled. With a disarming humility, Bob could choose his teams and inspire them with significant responsibilities to excel. This ability to spot talent and to develop potential was exhibited in students, residents, junior officers, and faculty.

In following the legend of Kurt H. Thoma, Bob led the “Triple O” publication of CV Mosby from 1961 to 1993. As a skilled clinician, teacher, and lecturer, he emphasized judgment and empathy in service to patients. His humble homespun lectures combined wisdom and humor. He would say, “I never met a man I didn’t like, (pause) I can’t remember who said that—Will Rogers or Elizabeth Taylor.” His wonderful stories were linked to a full range of subjects.

While at Walter Reed Medical Center, he pioneered closed-circuit television surgical demonstrations in very popular postgraduate courses. While serving as Chief Dental Surgeon of the European Command (1964-1967), he personally visited every army dental clinic in Europe, inspiring junior officers to better serve their soldier patients. These contacts in Europe revealed potential for advancement of his specialty. In 1966, Bob generously arranged a special program for the organized specialty at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which featured new techniques in orthognathic surgery by Professor Hugo Obwegeser of Zurich, Switzerland. This was a recognized benchmark of the specialty and crowned his presidential year of the ASOMS. He also arranged for training of army residents in famous European surgical centers.
Bob could look at professional organizations and implement changes for improvement. In 1965, as President-elect of the American Society of Oral Surgeons, his military duties kept him away from its headquarters. Uncertain times fell on that organization after a series of disappointing Executive Secretaries. Dr. Shira and a small committee selected a very young, talented Bernard J. Degen, who served that organization through 25 years of development to the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

It would not be possible to name all of the professional organizations with which Bob served with meaningful distinction. These include, in part, the American Dental Association (President 1975), the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (President 1965), the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (President 1975), the Pierre Fauchard Academy (President 1985) and the PFA Foundation (President until 2002), as well as local, state, and other professional groups.
Concluding his 33 years of military service with the highest rank attained in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, Bob took on another challenge in the academic area of his profession. He was appointed Dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (1971-1979). Later he served as Senior Vice President, and then Provost for Tufts University. He also was Vice President for Health Services at Tufts, completing his career there in 1993. The Robert B. Shira Lecture was established at Tufts in 1996.
Dr. Shira was awarded honorary degrees from six distinguished universities. He received special awards in professional, military, and academic circles that are too numerous to itemize.

He was a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather to a family that he and his beloved Eileen established. She preceded him in death. Their three wonderful married daughters, Mary Ann Irvine, Sharon Lou Swanson, and Linda Kay O’Hara look with pride on their father’s superlative careers and cherished memories. He left his profession and the world a better and more compassionate environment.

Funeral services for the General were held in Silver Springs (Maryland) and internment with full military honors followed at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in the General’s name may be made to the Pierre Fauchard Foundation, c/o Dr. Shig R. Kishi, 1441 Avocado Avenue, Suite 508, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA.Calendar 2003

Mobility Gains Momentum

Licensure Changes Give Dentists More Room to Practice
by the Academy of General Dentistry

Several States recently have enacted legislation that enables dentists licensed in one State to practice in another without having to retake a clinical entry exam. Forty-three States allow some form of licensure-by-credential (also referred to as licensure recognition), according to an article in the January 2003 issue of AGD Impact, the newsmagazine of the Academy of General Dentistry.

Legislation adopted by most of these States is fairly “cookie-cutter” in that most require applicants to have been licensed for at least five years, to have graduated from an accredited U.S. dental school, and be in good professional standing.

But regulations vary from border to border, and from region to region. Some States have reciprocal agreements with a limited number of others. Other States open their borders to applicants from around the United States.
So what qualifies an Iowa dentist to practice in Minnesota or Montana may not be enough for Kentucky or Arkansas. Enough variation exists among States that one State dental board Web site urges dentists not to make life or career-making decisions before knowing they fulfill that State’s licensing requirements.

With 53 dental boards governing an equal number of licensing systems, friction is bound to result—and it has, for more than 150 years. Though the first known practice of dentistry in the New World occurred in 1639, it was not until the mid 1800s that licensure took root in the United States. By the turn of the last century, every State had established licensure rules.

Today, dental licensure is regulated by one dental board in each State, as well as in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC. The position of AGD is supporting licensure-by-credential.

Most debate about licensure-by-credential concerns the clinical entry exam. State clinical exams vary in their degree of difficulty. While some States’ exams may average a 90% pass rate, others average only 60%.
“Dentistry has been trying for years to get a definition of quality, but it cannot. What we are really talking about is competency,” says Dr. Myron Bromberg, Chairman of the AGD Council on Dental Care. “Having to take State exams is a bone of contention for some dentists because they feel if a dentist graduates from an accredited school, they should be able to practice dentistry.”
Though dentists may argue over certain details, some are happy the federal government has not infringed on States’ rights to regulate licensure. “Dentists do not ever want to see anything federalized. I want the U.S. Government to stay out of State issues. Whenever the federal government gets involved in regulating our profession, dentists have a heavy price to pay,” Dr. Bromberg notes.

Any confusion resulting from a State’s licensure recognition system pales in comparison to its benefits, supporters say. One of the driving forces behind the adoption of licensure-by-credential laws has improved access to dental care. It also gives dentists greater mobility. And pressure from organized dentistry along with the general public has forced many States to rethink their stance on licensure-by-credential.

“I do not think there has been a lot of activity on the part of dentists who want licensure-by-credential to put pressure on the States,” Dr. Bromberg states. A State-by-State list of links to dental boards is available on AGD’s Web site at www.AGD.org/licensure.RebuttalYour editor asks what differs from State to State in filling a tooth, extracting one, making dentures or other prostheses? In the immediate coming years, there will be a shortage of dentists to serve the growing U.S. population. Already, studies demonstrate that mobility of dentists has improved access to dental care. And the European Union already has continental licensure of dentists.

Agreed that most dentists are conservative and do not wish to see federal government involvement, but teeth do not vary from neighbor State to neighbor State, like laws do. We can wait until the federal government comes to the realization that national licensure will be a benefit to the general public as well as to dentists changing locations for health or recreational reasons. Or the States, if they act now through their dental licensing boards, agree on certain parameters for accepting an out-of-State dentist to move in, they can keep their States’ rights to accept or reject an applicant. If they wait until time catches up with them, the federal government will be pressured toward national licensure.

If the States were so concerned about maintaining this as a personal right, over actually serving their populace, why did they let so many dental schools close in the last few decades? Why not State-fund the private dental schools, like Wisconsin does for Marquette’s School of Dentistry? Or why did public health cut off the Illinois dental schools from accepting public aid patients, a vital source of income and providers for the dental needs of indigents?

National licensure is the coming trend. Either out of dental access needs or the simple realization that a student trained and graduated from Tufts has all the ability to practice in California. Competency can be judged after five years of practice. State licensing boards can act now to control the coming problem, or have it taken from them by an aggressive federal government. All this talk about States’ rights ended after a war was fought over this in the 1860s. The federal government that hatched OSHA for the dental profession, can do the same for licensure. Wait and see, or act now.

Central Office Report

by Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal

The Central Office has made all the preparations for the Executive Board Meeting to be held on 8 March 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Reports for the Meeting packet should be sent to the Central Office on or before 15 February 2003 to be included. Once President Gary Lowder approves the Meeting agenda, it will be sent out to the Board.

Nominations for the PFA Gold Medal were sent out and are now coming in.

The last quarter of 2002 is now in the accountant’s hands for preparation for the next Finance and Budget Committee conference call.
The Minutes from the New Orleans Meeting have been completed and mailed out to the entire Board, the accountant, and the PFA attorney for any necessary corrections.

The annual informational packets have been sent to all 119 Section Chairs for this year. If you failed to receive your packet, inform the office at the address/communications listed on the last page of Dental World.

Calendar 2003

8 March - Academy Executive Board Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah
24-30 April - 25th Asia Pacific Dental Congress, Manila, Philippines
26-28 April - Star of the North Dental Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota PFA Region 9 Meeting
18-21 September - 91st FDI World Congress, Sydney, Australia
24-27 September - New Orleans Dental Conference, New Orleans
23 October - ACD Convocation
24 October - ICD Convocation
23-26 October - PFA Annual Board & Foundation Meeting, San Francisco
24 October - PFA Board Meeting
25 October - PFA Awards Luncheon, Presidents Reception / Foundation Board Meeting: morning and afternoon session
26 October - Foundation Board Meeting: morning session / PFA Board Meeting: afternoon session / Academy Dinner Party
25-29 October - 144th ADA Session, San Francisco

Have your PFA Event date put here.
E-mail Editor Brophy at PFADWJMB@aol.com

Rebuttal

Your editor asks what differs from State to State in filling a tooth, extracting one, making dentures or other prostheses? In the immediate coming years, there will be a shortage of dentists to serve the growing U.S. population. Already, studies demonstrate that mobility of dentists has improved access to dental care. And the European Union already has continental licensure of dentists.

Agreed that most dentists are conservative and do not wish to see federal government involvement, but teeth do not vary from neighbor State to neighbor State, like laws do. We can wait until the federal government comes to the realization that national licensure will be a benefit to the general public as well as to dentists changing locations for health or recreational reasons. Or the States, if they act now through their dental licensing boards, agree on certain parameters for accepting an out-of-State dentist to move in, they can keep their States’ rights to accept or reject an applicant. If they wait until time catches up with them, the federal government will be pressured toward national licensure. If the States were so concerned about maintaining this as a personal right, over actually serving their populace, why did they let so many dental schools close in the last few decades? Why not State-fund the private dental schools, like Wisconsin does for Marquette’s School of Dentistry? Or why did public health cut off the Illinois dental schools from accepting public aid patients, a vital source of income and providers for the dental needs of indigents?

National licensure is the coming trend. Either out of dental access needs or the simple realization that a student trained and graduated from Tufts has all the ability to practice in California. Competency can be judged after five years of practice. State licensing boards can act now to control the coming problem, or have it taken from them by an aggressive federal government. All this talk about States’ rights ended after a war was fought over this in the 1860s. The federal government that hatched OSHA for the dental profession, can do the same for licensure. Wait and see, or act now.

Foundation News

From the Desk of the Executive Director…by Dr. Shig Ryan Kishi

As of the end of January, 38 grant applications have been mailed out. Only three Section Chairs have requested applications so far. Letters to 53 U.S. dental schools have been sent out with copies to the local Section Chairs. This will be followed with mailing the non-U.S. Section Chairs for their dental school selections.

All 2002 grant recipients (17) have been notified of their approval. The University of Costa Rica School of Dentistry grant for a Processing Video Clinic Unit was approved in honor of Dr. Brenes-Espinach, our Foundation benefactor. The total for all grants and the Loader-Espinach Award were $204,104 and the total scholarship awards were for $97,500 for 2002.

$300,000 in Grants and Scholarships for 2002

by C. F. Larry Barrett

For the year 2002, the Foundation has awarded in excess of $300,000 in grants and student scholarships worldwide. Foundation President Carl Lundgren detailed information about these grants, which include many volunteer projects providing dental care for underserved populations, such as in Mexico, Japan, France, and Italy

The dental student tuition scholarships were created to assist financially challenged students who demonstrate leadership potential. Fifty-one dental schools in the United States and 18 non-U.S. dental schools were each given $1500 for a total of $76,500 in 2002. This brings the award total to $2,225,000 since 1996.

Representative of the 2002 service grants include:

• The Senior Friendship Centers of southern Florida, to support a program
providing dentures for needy elders.
• The Kentucky PFA Section program to provide health education, screening,
and referrals for the Special Olympics participants.
• The Thousand Smiles Foundation Craniofacial Surgery and Dental Care Mission that provides
free surgical and dental services for needy children in Latin America.
• The Roybal-Allard Children’s Dental Center that provides dental care for the underserved children in California.
• The Wake Smiles Volunteer Dental Program providing dental care to indigents in Wake County, North Carolina.
• The Volunteer Ministry Center of Tennessee that offers dental care for the homeless or abused individuals.
• The Japan PFA program to provide dental care to leprous patients.
• MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) that provides free dental care to indigents in California.
• The National Board of French Dental Surgeons, which maintains an emergency dental bus
to deliver dental care to areas greatest in need throughout the Paris area.
• The Dixie Donated Dental Services of southern Utah that provides services to the indigent.
• Other grants awarded to dental-care and continuing education projects.

To submit a grant application for the year 2003, please write to Dr. Shig Kishi, Executive Director, PFA Foundation, 1441 Avocado Avenue, Suite 508, Newport Beach, CA 92660-7704. The deadline for grant applications is 1 June 2003.

France

International Trustee Pierre Marois presented the Foundation Grant check to support the Paris mobile dental clinic to President Andrè Robert of the Conseil National de l’Ordre at their dental headquarters in front of the premier venue for the PFA Hall of Fame.

Isreal

Dean Jonathan Mann of Hebrew University—Hassad School of Dental Medicine (founded by Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity) presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to students Maayan Itzhaki and to Yossi Tam. Chairman Mario Ulmansky was thanked along with the Foundation and the Academy for this honor.

Chile

Chair Jaime Koifman S. presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to dental student Enrique Araneda.

Mexico

Chair Ernesto Acuna hosted their annual Meeting to present the Scholarship Awards to Facultad de Estudios Superiores Zaragoza, FES Zaragoza of the UNAM, Enrique Dario Amarillas Escobar. Attending the ceremony were FES Zaragoza Dean Alfonso Gonzalez, Maestro Juan Francisco Sanchez Ruiz, and Dr. Jesus Santos S.

United States
Massachusetts

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Associate Dean for Student Affairs Mark Gonthier reported presenting the Foundation’s Scholarship Award to dental student Maria Ferriol by Dr. Maria Papageorge, a PFA Fellow. Maria Ferriol is also this year’s recipient of the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Scholarship from Colgate-Palmolive for her outreach service work with the Hispanic underserved. She additionally has been selected as a resident in the Tufts three-year Periodontology program.

Washington State 

The Dental Alumni News of the University of Washington Dental Alumni Association, Fall issue, made note of the PFA Foundation Scholarship Award presentation to senior student Michael George.

California

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year) Awards Committee Secretary LaDean Gregg reported presenting the Foundation Scholarship Award to student Elizabeth Park by Dean Charles J. Goodacre, a 1971 graduate of Loma Linda Dental School himself.

Louisiana

LSU Health Sciences Center senior Benjamin Record was the recipient of the Foundation Scholarship Award for his leadership, professionalism, academic achievement, and potential to develop into a professional dental leader. Section Chair James Roethele made the presentation with LSU School of Dentistry Dean Eric Hovland.

Section News

Argentina

International Trustee Bernardo Levit extends his New Year's wishes for Peace on Earth. There is no Peace without Love. Neither Love without Work; Neither Work without Peace.

Belize

Chairman Bertram Moldauer and Dr. Ivan Moldauer are planning a dental mission in Belize at San Ignacio and at Dangriga to include dental and eye projects for March 18-24. Anyone wishing to join the mission is welcomed. Contact this editor for further information..

Colombia

Dr. Juan Llano of Bogota has been highly recommended by International Trustee for Latin America Bernardo Levit to become Colombia's new Section Chairman.

Guatemala

Chair Bertram Moldauer inducted two new Fellows into the Academy--Dr. Roberto Wehncke, Director of Oral Health for the Department of Sacatepequez, and Dr. Garrick Morales Bravatti, General Manager of GMB Industries of Guatemala.

3. May - June

President’s Message

Our dream or vision of what we wish to create in our life and the world around us represents the driving force behind our actions. When we are clear in our intentions about the fulfillment of those dreams, that driving force fuels the reality of the legacy of our lives.

As Fellows of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, we are living in the fulfillment of the dream or vision of Dr. Elmer S. Best. He dreamed of excellence, service, and integrity within the profession and the research literature it produced. I have personally witnessed those qualities in the lives of the Fellows of the Academy whom I have met, and I am continually reminded of the goodness in the hearts of dentists worldwide. That awareness of goodness and excellence within the members of the profession of dentistry can be a driving force to maintain those same high standards in our own practice of dentistry. Whatever dream or vision we hold in our hearts and minds is reflected in our actions and will ultimately become our own legacy.

In the early 1970s, singer Karen Carpenter sang these words in her recording Look to Your Dreams. “Look to your dreams. Do they still seem worthwhile? Do they still seem in style? Are you glad they’re still there?
Once conceived, once believed, fantasy’s reality’s childhood. Look to your dreams and tomorrow may be better for you and me. The future may say, ‘blame blind yesterday for taking dreams away.’ Look to your dreams. They could mean more than they seem.”

A successful businessman, Dexter Yaeger, defined success as “the progressive fulfillment of your own worthwhile dreams.” I suppose that we all are seeking some form of success in our lives. How that looks in the end will most likely depend on our ability to identify our own dreams or vision and then progressively fulfill it through our actions and efforts. To do so requires an inherent trust in the goodness of life and the hope that all service has worthwhile purpose. That trust is basic to life. Many call it faith. Whatever you wish to call it, it is the ultimate fuel for our actions.

Another successful facilitator and business leader, Steven Covey, says: “Compelling trust is the highest form of human motivation.”

I wish for us all the progressive fulfillment of our own worthwhile dreams.

Gary Lowder, DDS

President

Calendar 2003

24 May - Canadian PFA Breakfast, Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta
26 May - Chile Section Meeting
31 May - Korean Section Meeting, Seoul, Korea
18 September - Australasia Section Breakfast Meeting, Skyline Terrace Convention Centre, 7 a.m., Sydney
18-21 September - 91st FDI World Congress, Sydney, Australia
24-27 September - New Orleans Dental Conference, New Orleans
11 October - 34th Annual Meeting of the Japan Section, Shizouka City, Japan
23 October - ACD Convocation
24 October - ICD Convocation
23-26 October - PFA Annual Board & Foundation Meeting, San Francisco
24 October - PFA Board Meeting
25 October - PFA Awards Luncheon, Presidents Reception / Foundation Board Meeting: morning and afternoon session
26 October - Foundation Board Meeting: morning session / PFA Board Meeting: afternoon session / Academy Dinner Party /
25-29 October - 144th ADA Session, San Francisco

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Executive Board Meeting

Salt Lake City, Utah, 8 March 2003

Immediate past President Scott Welch opened the early morning meeting with the Invocation.

President Gary Lowder discussed the group’s mission to build on the legacy of the past and establish a foundation of compelling trust. Dr. Lowder noted that our liabilities as leaders are to rise to a higher level of responsibility and accountability.

Trustees’ Approval

Dr. Lowder then reported that the formal mail ballot of the Board of Trustees was unanimous in favor of holding the Executive Board Meeting in place of the Constitutional decreed Interim Board of Trustees Meeting.

Dr. Shira’s Funeral

President Lowder was the Academy’s representative at Dr. Shira’s funeral. He discussed the warm reception at Dr. Robert Shira’s funeral by the General’s family. Dr. Lowder had opportunity to speak at the funeral and read Dr. Shira’s “Celebrate Life” passage in the book Legacy. Past PFA President Shira’s funeral was magnificent and dignified, as befitted this great man.

New Orleans Meeting Minutes

The Minutes of the Annual Board of Trustees Meeting in New Orleans (2002) were accepted, with discussion, but no changes. Dr. Lowder stressed the need for the Trustees to travel in their regions to attend the PFA Section events.

President-elect Kevin Roach, who is going as a Delegate from Canada, will represent PFA at the FDI Congress in Sydney, Australia, at this Autumn’s meeting.

Central Office Report

Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal reported for the Central Office. They have sent out 31 Distinguished Service plaques and one outgoing Chairman’s plaque since the New Orleans Meeting. Outstanding Student Certificate recommendation letters have been sent to all the U.S. and Canadian dental schools.

Updated membership lists and delinquent members lists have been sent to all the Section Chairs.

PFA Web Site

The Web site has been updated with a new look. More pages have been added, including the up-to-date membership list and articles on the history of dentistry. Arrangements are being designed for linking the main PFA Web site with Section Web sites.

Treasurer’s Report

All the Academy bills are current. The Board then reviewed the financial statement to date with the Academy’s accountant, Dan Jonker, who explained it line item by line item. Two large expenses last year ran over budget, the new pamphlets and legal expenses. Otherwise, the Academy would be in the black. The Executive Board will then work on drawing up the 2003-2004 budget for the San Francisco Meeting presentation and approval by the Board of Trustees.

The goal for this year is to recruit 600 new members to balance the retirements and those going to Life status. The Leadership Conference was postponed indefinitely. The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies have been delayed to save the expense. Free copies of our publications to libraries will cease, and the libraries and dental schools will be advised to download them off our Web site.

All dues income goes through a bank lock box that sends daily statements to the Central Office, which are then entered into the Central Office main computer for crediting and sent on to the accountant. The office staff can be kept to a cost minimum due to the lock box processing. To bill and collect individual Section dues, which vary from Section to Section, would require expansion of the staff to handle this complex task, resulting in increased overhead and additional costs for lock box usage.

Executive Board Conference Calls

Quarterly conference phone calls continue to keep the Executive Board informed about the Academy’s financial status. PFA is filed with the State of Nevada as a not-for-profit foreign corporation operating in the State of Nevada.

The current PFA pamphlet has had its inserts updated for use in recruitment. This pamphlet is available upon request from the Central Office.

Section Chair’s Caucus

The tremendous input from the Section Chair Caucus, exchange of ideas, and addressing questions to PFA Officers directly has demonstrated to be more informative in focusing on their individual approaches to running their Sections from individuals who are actually doing the job, that the Board felt a Leadership Conference might not be needed. Instead of a Leadership Conference run by the International Officers speaking from their positions to mostly the same active Section Chairs, the officers felt that more was achieved by having the Section Chairs address the Officers with their needs and suggestions. So for the time being, the Leadership Conference has been tabled to concentrate on the Section Chairs’ concerns.

FDI Membership

Discussion ensued about the value of continued membership in the FDI. We are Associate Members at their annual Congress and have no vote. The contacts that are made there and the PFA Meetings can be accomplished without FDI membership and the expense of sending representatives. Many of our Officers already attend for other organizations and can handle that representation. It was unanimously agreed to drop our membership in FDI for the near future.

President-elect Kevin Roach will represent us at the FDI Congress in 2003 at Sydney, and in India in 2004.

PFA International Dental Museum

The PFA Dental Museum was discussed as more dental materials have been donated. With the increased space to be available (at no charge) in the new UNLV Dental School, the museum will be able to expand. This is all coming about as a result of the general dental feeling that our century or so of dentistry in the New World has significant meaning and impact on our populations. We are seeing it evolve and develop as we speak from the jungles of Central America to the top educational institutes in the United States and Canada. Founders and leaders of this development have only recently died, like our Dr. Robert Shira. PFA realizes the necessity of preserving that heritage now if we are to be able to collect such artifacts from our immediate history to continue to educate future generations. PFA’s founding mission was to provide the profession with accurate up-to-date scientific and technological discoveries. By extension of that mandate, it has become essential to demonstrate where we came from to get to today. The general public has increased its awareness for their need for dental treatment and prevention. They have become more than silent partners in wanting to know what we are doing. Our mission in that area is to educate ourselves and the public of whence we came and where we are. This demonstrates our profession’s commitment to improving their health constantly through improved research and adapting better technology. For example, the newly completed Marquette University Dental School (Wisconsin) has included various period dental operatories on display. Dr. Brobert Ibsen of Den-Mat has funded a turn of the century dental office that will be placed in the new dental school. The administrators of Marquette Dental School have the vision to see, as well, how important it is to demonstrate visually the progress the profession of dentistry has made on the public’s behalf. As an international organization, we are the ONLY such organization to begin this collection progress worldwide. We ask all our members to consider donating such ancient dental materials to the PFA Museum and we will cover the shipping costs. Please contact the Central Office before doing so.

National Dental Museum

The Harris Dental Museum in Baltimore has offered to do a site honoring the life of Dr. Robert Shira for a sizeable donation. It was felt that Dr. Shira’s life and his contributions to the entire profession merited their attention on its own, and they would be remiss not to honor him on behalf of the entire profession.

San Francisco Annual Meeting

Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal has filed with the ADA arrangements for the PFA Meetings during their annual Session. He has requested that we be housed at the San Francisco Marriott, the ADA headquarters hotel for the Board of Trustees Meetings for the Academy and Foundation from 24 October through 26 October. This will include the President’s Luncheon on Saturday 25 October, the President’s Reception that evening, and the no-host President’s Dinner on Sunday evening 26 October. This schedule of events and housing hotel information will be forthcoming from the Central Office, subject to the ADA Housing Committee’s approval.

Nominating Committee

Dr. Kevin Roach of Canada, as President-elect, will become President for 2003-2004.

Dr. Michael Perpich was nominated for President-elect.

Dr. Howard Mark was nominated for Vice President

Awards Committee Report

The Awards Committee report from Trustee James Englander was discussed. The manner of having past award Gold Medal recipients nominating candidates was suggested for change to approval by the Awards Committee and to allow the Board of Trustees to also nominate candidates, particularly when there is no clear cut choice. The PFA Gold Medal is given to a U.S. resident for outstanding contributions to the progress and standing of the dental profession. This Award, the Academy’s highest honor in the United States, is presented annually at the President’s Luncheon.

The Elmer S. Best Award, the Academy’s alternate highest honor, is presented to an outstanding professional outside the United States. The nominee must have unanimous approval of the Awards Committee and two thirds vote of the Board of Trustees. The Award is usually presented in or near the country of the awardee at a special event.

The Dental Trade and Industry Recognition Award is presented to an outstanding manufacturer that additionally contributes to the dental profession in philanthropic ways.

The Awards Committee, with the approval of the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees, also recommends additional awards such as Distinguished Service, Honorary Fellowship, and Appreciation Awards when the occasion arises.

Constitution and Bylaws

Vice President Michael Perpich discussed integrating the suggestions of the Academy’s attorney, Jon Howe, to streamlining the Constitution and Bylaws to unify the changes. One of those suggested changes was to rename the Secretary/ Treasurer’s position to Secretary General. Another was to rename the former Memorial Luncheon, which had been changed to the Awards Luncheon, now to be called the President’s Luncheon. This is held on Saturday at noon during the annual meeting and the ADA Session.

The agreed changes will be incorporated into our documents, submitted to Trustee Mark Howard for checking, then to attorney Jonathan Howe for legal approval, and then submitted to the Board of Trustees at the annual meeting in San Francisco for adoption.

Long-Range Plan

Trustee Howard Mark has drawn up a comprehensive long-range plan for the Academy, which has covered every aspect of improving our organization. Nothing was left out. The Executive Board at this meeting—and their dedicated activities between meetings—has begun to implement the more immediate suggestions from that plan.

International Dental Hall of Fame

While the decision was to postpone some of the members already recommended due to the expenses—for right now—applications for future inductees are still being accepted by Chairman and past PFA President Ray Klein.

Dr. Ray Klein and International Trustee Pierre Marois have arranged to have our Hall of Fame established at the ADA Headquarters Building Library (Chicago) with a television format that can call up the plaques and that person’s biography. Drs. Klein and Marois reported excellent cooperation with the ADA over this matter, particularly with ADA Executive Director Dr. James Bramson and staff person Carol Overman.

Secretary General Richard Kozal visited the site when he attended the Chicago Dental Society’s Mid Winter Meeting last February. He gave a glowing report of its format and location. You can view the site yourself on-line at http:// www.ada.org/prof/prac/issues/library/catalog.asp. There is a picture of the site with a bust of Pierre Fauchard. To the right of that bust is the computer/monitor to go through the Hall of Fame. You may make the trip by clicking on the picture.

Foundation Report

The Executive Board has requested funds from the Foundation for various programs. President Lowder will write a grant request letter to the Foundation for their approval.

Past PFA president and Foundation Public Relations Chairman filed a report that the Foundation has awarded $97,500 in student scholarships and $204,104 in project grants for 2002. That brings the total dating from its 1996 initiation to 150 grants awarded and more than 500 dental scholarships amounting to $2,224,000. A list of those awarded this year will appear under Foundation News.

Dr. Barrett’s New Orleans presentation to the Academy Board of Trustees of his plan to try and raise $3 million to increase the Foundation’s principle, had as yet to be approved by the Foundation Board, according to Foundation President Carl Lundgren. The Academy did appoint three Trustees to help out on the project when it has been established by the Foundation.

Closing

President Gary Lowder gaveled down the meeting’s end in late afternoon after a full day of hammering away at the issues PFA was facing. Many items were thoroughly discussed and action commenced in preparation for presentation to the Board of trustees in San Francisco’s Meeting.

Membership

By Trustee Charles Eller

The world situation seems to be so unsettled, and yet there are organizations, such as ours, who try to do their part in assisting where the needs are physical, not political. We are the world’s largest philanthropic dental organization, a service academy in the truest sense, of nearly 8000 members. Our Foundation has distributed nearly $2.25 million in grants for worthwhile dental projects worldwide since 1996.

Membership recruitment is always a challenge. Each of us does his job differently, but sometimes it is good to share what works for one Section and what does not. We look for leaders in our local dental societies and deans of dental schools for qualified prospective members. Many dentists have never considered membership and are only vaguely aware of PFA. But if asked, they begin considering the option. Serving in positions of dental leadership is fleeting. But Fellowship in a service Academy is ongoing. Organized dental leadership positions are confining to their exacting duties, while membership in PFA is as creative as the individual desires to become. Dental leadership is defining in time and effort, whereas PFA projects are selective for available time and effort.

To Section Chairs, we are approaching the Spring and Summer months in the northern hemisphere where we can plan activities indoors and outside. Give the Academy one hour a month of your time, set yourself a goal, and then exceed it. The Central Office, our Web site, the new pamphlet can all be aids in keeping our membership viable and growing.
Motivation appears to be a universal problem in any organization. Our top leaders in the Academy must be the main source for this motivational effort. They are young and enthusiastic. They are encouraging in all efforts and carry a heavy load for PFA. They stand ready to help out in all areas that you as a Chairperson, or even as a member, wish to conceive and execute a project. The resources are available. The track record is proven. All that we need is your taking up the challenge to build membership, to create a dental project to serve the public, and to carry out together the goals you have set for your group.

And all you need to do is ask. Ask the PFA leaders. Ask the Central office. Ask your colleagues to join you in one of the world’s greatest dental service organizations serving the world.

By working, one person at a time, we multiply those simple efforts until they are magnified by all the Fellowship globally. Through our combined efforts, perhaps we can make our world a little less unsettled.

The Last Strive to Save a Dying Dental Art by Arvid Saunaitis, CDT

President, Kromex Dental Laboratory

Compared with other technologies that have been replaced with new innovations, partial dentures or removable bridges will soon become a thing of the past because the knowledge to construct them will no longer exist. Unlike the need for full dentures, which has been reduced by root canals and fluoride, the demand for partial dentures is on the rise.

The reason that people lose their teeth is not always neglect. Accidents, sports injuries, genetics, prosthesis work done by cheap, less-than-quality laboratories are some of the other reasons. An improperly designed partial that fails to take in the biophysics of the oral cavity can be as damaging.

Unlike a fixed bridge that requires the reduction of healthy teeth and the stress that is put on them to absorb the shock of the entire bridge span in mastication, a partial denture shares the shock with the edentulous ridge and the clasped teeth. Today, the partial can be made thinly and small without exposing any unsightly metal. By relining the partial every year and a half to two years, the partial can last longer and cost only a fraction of a bridge.

But the exacting construction of partials involves some very complex procedures. Each procedure is usually handled by a technician familiar with only one part of the construction process. The technician that oversees the entire process from start to finish is the department head or laboratory owner. For a technician to reach that level of expertise requires talent, dedication, and a minimum of five working years under the supervision of an experienced technician. Unfortunately, most of such experienced technicians have reached the retirement age. The dental technology schools in the United States that still remain open, do not even have such instructors on their staff. Before the level of talent leaves the industry, the knowledge they possess must be passed on to the next generation of technicians.

Various dental, government, and outside organizations must take immediate action if this technology is to survive. I have authored several articles in dental magazines, even the Chicago Sun-Times, calling attention to this problem. The only response generated has been from the general public. No one else seems to care.

The dental manufacturers claim to have educational programs in place and demonstrate little concern. Having been in this industry for the past quarter of a century, I can only say that an expensive, short training course by companies that are only interested in selling their products is definitely not the solution.
For further information on this problem and what you can do to help, contact the Forum for Prosthetic Dentistry at 773/436-9440. Think of the alternative.

Editor’s comment:

Arvid Saunaitis presents a very real problem facing dentistry, and through us, the public we serve. NHS has already determined that there will be a shortage of dentists by 2005. Now we will be also facing a shortage of qualified lab technicians that we depend on for our living. As the population is expanding and the desires of the general public are growing, the pool of dental purveyors will be shrinking. Technology has improved for us to serve the public better and faster; however, there are just so many stressful hours in the day that one dentist, one technician can put in.

If our professions do not step up to help answer these problems, then we leave it to the government or private for-profit companies to determine the direction these solutions will be taking. One such solution will be expanded duties in both fields to unqualified individuals to fill the void, or reduce the service to those who cannot afford the increased expense as demand will outstrip supply, driving costs and fees up. Is this what we want?

The Legacy Continues…

Dr. Robert Shira’s legacy continues on with your donations to his requested final act of humanity, the PFA Foundation. The Foundation thanks all those who remember this wonderful leader. He may have been a two-star general with the Army, but he was five stars to the Academy and Foundation. Send your remembrances into Foundation Executive Director Shig Kishi, 1441 Avocado Avenue, Suite 508, Newport Beach, CA 93660.
• Becker, Dr. Norman – Massachusetts Section Chairman
• Kort, Dr. William – past PFA President
• Osborn, Joan
• Roach, Dr. Kevin and Anne, PFA President-elect
To date, $7870 have been contributed in Dr. Shira’s name.

Foundation News 

From the desk of the Executive Director…

by Dr. Shig Ryan Kishi

As of this April, 128 applications have been mailed out. The total 2002 applications were 93. Due to the economic recession, the Foundation has received an unprecedented number of grant application requests, and even more faxes and requests for information and guidelines.

Six of this year’s requests are from Section Chairs.

Usually about one third of those applications are returned completed. About one half of those are ineligible. That would leave about 21 for Board review. Actually, this is ahead of last year’s requests. Just a reminder that the grant application deadline is 1 June 2003 for consideration by the Board in San Francisco. The Foundation has approximately $130,000 for distribution at this year’s meeting for 2003.

France

Dr. Michel Lubin, on behalf of Paris’ Mobile Dental Clinic Association, expressed the Association Board’s appreciation for the Foundation grant presented them by International Trustee Pierre Marois and President Andrè Robert of the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Chirurgen Dentistes in a reception ceremony to purchase a new mobile dental health care bus to serve the poor of Paris.

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Student R. Varna receiving award from Dr. N. Subramanian with Dr. T. Samraj present
India

Section Secretary/Treasurer T. Samraj reports presenting the Foundation Scholarship Award to Ms. R. Varna of the Government Dental College in Trivandram. Dr N. Subramanian, President of the India Dental Association Trivanandram Branch, made the presentation with Dr. T. Rameaj.

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Award recipient Satoru Morikawa holding presented certificate next to bemedaled Trustee Mamoru Sakuda and other dignitaries
Japan

Meikai University School of Dentistry presented the Foundation’s Scholarship Award in the Dean’s Room to student Satoru Morikawa. PFA International Trustee for Japan Mamoru Sakuda and PFA Japan Section Executive Board member Dr. Hirokazu Hashimoto were on hand for the presentation along with Professor Hiroshi Nakajima, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dean Toshikazu Yasui expressed his appreciation and opportunity that we helped provide to one of his students to aid in developing the student’s future career in dentistry.

Switzerland

Chairman Roland Soellner presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to the University of Basel Dental School student Mrs. Photini Mengisopoulos at a ceremony with the other dental students and faculty present. Professor Carlo Marinello gave the address concerning the structure and goals of the Academy and of the Foundation. Chairman Soellner outlined the importance of a “role model” in the PFA to motivate the younger generation to become dentists of high quality. Professor Dr. Jurg Meyer, SSO Magazine Editor for the Swiss Dental Organization, was also present at the awarding and organized the press part in which a whole page was dedicated to this PFA event.

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L-R, Associate Dean Margot Van Dis, Chair David Matthews, recipient David Swiderski, and Dean Lawrence Goldblatt

Foundation News

United States
Indiana

Section Chair David Matthews of Ft. Wayne presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to Indiana University School of Dentistry student David C. Swiderski last January with Associate dean of Student Affairs Margot L. Van Dis and Dean Lawrence I. Goldblatt in attendance.

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Student Marc Welge receives Scholarship Award from Trustee Steve Hedlund
Iowa

PFA International Trustee Steve K. Hedlund presented this year’s Foundation Scholarship to University of Iowa School of Dentistry student Marc Welge of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Dean Raymond Fonseca, recipient Andrea Woods, and Dean-designate Marjorie Jeffcoat
Pennsylvania

Dean Raymond Fonseca of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and Dean-designate Marjorie Jeffcoat presented the Foundation Scholarship to Student scholar Andrea Woods last February.

Wisconsin

Chairman Glenn Maihofer reports continued outstanding success with their mentorship program with the Wisconsin Dental Association and the Marquette University School of Dentistry with more than 300 participants. They provide opportunities beyond the chairside preceptorship with functions planned every month, such as sports outings. At their recent Marquette Golden Eagles basketball outing they had 125 participants. This is their eighth year of the program. The Foundation Scholarship Award, which went to student Jason Guerrero at one of their functions, is another example of relating the PFA activities and demonstrating our concern for those in our profession.

President’s Message

Our dream or vision of what we wish to create in our life and the world around us represents the driving force behind our actions. When we are clear in our intentions about the fulfillment of those dreams, that driving force fuels the reality of the legacy of our lives.

As Fellows of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, we are living in the fulfillment of the dream or vision of Dr. Elmer S. Best. He dreamed of excellence, service, and integrity within the profession and the research literature it produced. I have personally witnessed those qualities in the lives of the Fellows of the Academy whom I have met, and I am continually reminded of the goodness in the hearts of dentists worldwide. That awareness of goodness and excellence within the members of the profession of dentistry can be a driving force to maintain those same high standards in our own practice of dentistry. Whatever dream or vision we hold in our hearts and minds is reflected in our actions and will ultimately become our own legacy.

In the early 1970s, singer Karen Carpenter sang these words in her recording Look to Your Dreams. “Look to your dreams. Do they still seem worthwhile? Do they still seem in style? Are you glad they’re still there?
Once conceived, once believed, fantasy’s reality’s childhood. Look to your dreams and tomorrow may be better for you and me. The future may say, ‘blame blind yesterday for taking dreams away.’ Look to your dreams. They could mean more than they seem.”

A successful businessman, Dexter Yaeger, defined success as “the progressive fulfillment of your own worthwhile dreams.” I suppose that we all are seeking some form of success in our lives. How that looks in the end will most likely depend on our ability to identify our own dreams or vision and then progressively fulfill it through our actions and efforts. To do so requires an inherent trust in the goodness of life and the hope that all service has worthwhile purpose. That trust is basic to life. Many call it faith. Whatever you wish to call it, it is the ultimate fuel for our actions.

Another successful facilitator and business leader, Steven Covey, says: “Compelling trust is the highest form of human motivation.”

I wish for us all the progressive fulfillment of our own worthwhile dreams.

Gary Lowder, DDS

President
 

Calendar 2003

24 May - Canadian PFA Breakfast, Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta
26 May - Chile Section Meeting
31 May - Korean Section Meeting, Seoul, Korea
18 September - Australasia Section Breakfast Meeting, Skyline Terrace Convention Centre, 7 a.m., Sydney
18-21 September - 91st FDI World Congress, Sydney, Australia
24-27 September - New Orleans Dental Conference, New Orleans
11 October - 34th Annual Meeting of the Japan Section, Shizouka City, Japan
23 October - ACD Convocation
24 October - ICD Convocation
23-26 October - PFA Annual Board & Foundation Meeting, San Francisco
24 October - PFA Board Meeting
25 October - PFA Awards Luncheon, Presidents Reception
Foundation Board Meeting: morning and afternoon session
26 October -Foundation Board Meeting: morning session
PFA Board Meeting: afternoon session
Academy Dinner Party
25-29 October - 144th ADA Session, San Francisco

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Executive Board Meeting

Salt Lake City, Utah, 8 March 2003

Immediate past President Scott Welch opened the early morning meeting with the Invocation.

President Gary Lowder discussed the group’s mission to build on the legacy of the past and establish a foundation of compelling trust. Dr. Lowder noted that our liabilities as leaders are to rise to a higher level of responsibility and accountability.

Trustees’ Approval

Dr. Lowder then reported that the formal mail ballot of the Board of Trustees was unanimous in favor of holding the Executive Board Meeting in place of the Constitutional decreed Interim Board of Trustees Meeting.

Dr. Shira’s Funeral

President Lowder was the Academy’s representative at Dr. Shira’s funeral. He discussed the warm reception at Dr. Robert Shira’s funeral by the General’s family. Dr. Lowder had opportunity to speak at the funeral and read Dr. Shira’s “Celebrate Life” passage in the book Legacy. Past PFA President Shira’s funeral was magnificent and dignified, as befitted this great man.

New Orleans Meeting Minutes

The Minutes of the Annual Board of Trustees Meeting in New Orleans (2002) were accepted, with discussion, but no changes. Dr. Lowder stressed the need for the Trustees to travel in their regions to attend the PFA Section events.

President-elect Kevin Roach, who is going as a Delegate from Canada, will represent PFA at the FDI Congress in Sydney, Australia, at this Autumn’s meeting.

Central Office Report

Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal reported for the Central Office. They have sent out 31 Distinguished Service plaques and one outgoing Chairman’s plaque since the New Orleans Meeting. Outstanding Student Certificate recommendation letters have been sent to all the U.S. and Canadian dental schools.

Updated membership lists and delinquent members lists have been sent to all the Section Chairs.

PFA Web Site

The Web site has been updated with a new look. More pages have been added, including the up-to-date membership list and articles on the history of dentistry. Arrangements are being designed for linking the main PFA Web site with Section Web sites.

Treasurer’s Report

All the Academy bills are current. The Board then reviewed the financial statement to date with the Academy’s accountant, Dan Jonker, who explained it line item by line item. Two large expenses last year ran over budget, the new pamphlets and legal expenses. Otherwise, the Academy would be in the black. The Executive Board will then work on drawing up the 2003-2004 budget for the San Francisco Meeting presentation and approval by the Board of Trustees.

The goal for this year is to recruit 600 new members to balance the retirements and those going to Life status. The Leadership Conference was postponed indefinitely. The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies have been delayed to save the expense. Free copies of our publications to libraries will cease, and the libraries and dental schools will be advised to download them off our Web site.

All dues income goes through a bank lock box that sends daily statements to the Central Office, which are then entered into the Central Office main computer for crediting and sent on to the accountant. The office staff can be kept to a cost minimum due to the lock box processing. To bill and collect individual Section dues, which vary from Section to Section, would require expansion of the staff to handle this complex task, resulting in increased overhead and additional costs for lock box usage.

Executive Board
Conference Calls

Quarterly conference phone calls continue to keep the Executive Board informed about the Academy’s financial status. PFA is filed with the State of Nevada as a not-for-profit foreign corporation operating in the State of Nevada.

The current PFA pamphlet has had its inserts updated for use in recruitment. This pamphlet is available upon request from the Central Office.

Section Chair’s Caucus

The tremendous input from the Section Chair Caucus, exchange of ideas, and addressing questions to PFA Officers directly has demonstrated to be more informative in focusing on their individual approaches to running their Sections from individuals who are actually doing the job, that the Board felt a Leadership Conference might not be needed. Instead of a Leadership Conference run by the International Officers speaking from their positions to mostly the same active Section Chairs, the officers felt that more was achieved by having the Section Chairs address the Officers with their needs and suggestions. So for the time being, the Leadership Conference has been tabled to concentrate on the Section Chairs’ concerns.

FDI Membership

Discussion ensued about the value of continued membership in the FDI. We are Associate Members at their annual Congress and have no vote. The contacts that are made there and the PFA Meetings can be accomplished without FDI membership and the expense of sending representatives. Many of our Officers already attend for other organizations and can handle that representation. It was unanimously agreed to drop our membership in FDI for the near future.

President-elect Kevin Roach will represent us at the FDI Congress in 2003 at Sydney, and in India in 2004.

PFA International
Dental Museum

The PFA Dental Museum was discussed as more dental materials have been donated. With the increased space to be available (at no charge) in the new UNLV Dental School, the museum will be able to expand. This is all coming about as a result of the general dental feeling that our century or so of dentistry in the New World has significant meaning and impact on our populations. We are seeing it evolve and develop as we speak from the jungles of Central America to the top educational institutes in the United States and Canada. Founders and leaders of this development have only recently died, like our Dr. Robert Shira. PFA realizes the necessity of preserving that heritage now if we are to be able to collect such artifacts from our immediate history to continue to educate future generations. PFA’s founding mission was to provide the profession with accurate up-to-date scientific and technological discoveries. By extension of that mandate, it has become essential to demonstrate where we came from to get to today. The general public has increased its awareness for their need for dental treatment and prevention. They have become more than silent partners in wanting to know what we are doing. Our mission in that area is to educate ourselves and the public of whence we came and where we are. This demonstrates our profession’s commitment to improving their health constantly through improved research and adapting better technology. For example, the newly completed Marquette University Dental School (Wisconsin) has included various period dental operatories on display. Dr. Brobert Ibsen of Den-Mat has funded a turn of the century dental office that will be placed in the new dental school. The administrators of Marquette Dental School have the vision to see, as well, how important it is to demonstrate visually the progress the profession of dentistry has made on the public’s behalf. As an international organization, we are the ONLY such organization to begin this collection progress worldwide. We ask all our members to consider donating such ancient dental materials to the PFA Museum and we will cover the shipping costs. Please contact the Central Office before doing so.

National Dental Museum

The Harris Dental Museum in Baltimore has offered to do a site honoring the life of Dr. Robert Shira for a sizeable donation. It was felt that Dr. Shira’s life and his contributions to the entire profession merited their attention on its own, and they would be remiss not to honor him on behalf of the entire profession.

San Francisco Annual Meeting

Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal has filed with the ADA arrangements for the PFA Meetings during their annual Session. He has requested that we be housed at the San Francisco Marriott, the ADA headquarters hotel for the Board of Trustees Meetings for the Academy and Foundation from 24 October through 26 October. This will include the President’s Luncheon on Saturday 25 October, the President’s Reception that evening, and the no-host President’s Dinner on Sunday evening 26 October. This schedule of events and housing hotel information will be forthcoming from the Central Office, subject to the ADA Housing Committee’s approval.

Nominating Committee

Dr. Kevin Roach of Canada, as President-elect, will become President for 2003-2004.

Dr. Michael Perpich was nominated for President-elect.

Dr. Howard Mark was nominated for Vice President

Awards Committee
Report

The Awards Committee report from Trustee James Englander was discussed. The manner of having past award Gold Medal recipients nominating candidates was suggested for change to approval by the Awards Committee and to allow the Board of Trustees to also nominate candidates, particularly when there is no clear cut choice. The PFA Gold Medal is given to a U.S. resident for outstanding contributions to the progress and standing of the dental profession. This Award, the Academy’s highest honor in the United States, is presented annually at the President’s Luncheon.

The Elmer S. Best Award, the Academy’s alternate highest honor, is presented to an outstanding professional outside the United States. The nominee must have unanimous approval of the Awards Committee and two thirds vote of the Board of Trustees. The Award is usually presented in or near the country of the awardee at a special event.

The Dental Trade and Industry Recognition Award is presented to an outstanding manufacturer that additionally contributes to the dental profession in philanthropic ways.

The Awards Committee, with the approval of the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees, also recommends additional awards such as Distinguished Service, Honorary Fellowship, and Appreciation Awards when the occasion arises.

Constitution and Bylaws

Vice President Michael Perpich discussed integrating the suggestions of the Academy’s attorney, Jon Howe, to streamlining the Constitution and Bylaws to unify the changes. One of those suggested changes was to rename the Secretary/ Treasurer’s position to Secretary General. Another was to rename the former Memorial Luncheon, which had been changed to the Awards Luncheon, now to be called the President’s Luncheon. This is held on Saturday at noon during the annual meeting and the ADA Session.

The agreed changes will be incorporated into our documents, submitted to Trustee Mark Howard for checking, then to attorney Jonathan Howe for legal approval, and then submitted to the Board of Trustees at the annual meeting in San Francisco for adoption.

Long-Range Plan

Trustee Howard Mark has drawn up a comprehensive long-range plan for the Academy, which has covered every aspect of improving our organization. Nothing was left out. The Executive Board at this meeting—and their dedicated activities between meetings—has begun to implement the more immediate suggestions from that plan.

International Dental
Hall of Fame

While the decision was to postpone some of the members already recommended due to the expenses—for right now—applications for future inductees are still being accepted by Chairman and past PFA President Ray Klein.

Dr. Ray Klein and International Trustee Pierre Marois have arranged to have our Hall of Fame established at the ADA Headquarters Building Library (Chicago) with a television format that can call up the plaques and that person’s biography. Drs. Klein and Marois reported excellent cooperation with the ADA over this matter, particularly with ADA Executive Director Dr. James Bramson and staff person Carol Overman.

Secretary General Richard Kozal visited the site when he attended the Chicago Dental Society’s Mid Winter Meeting last February. He gave a glowing report of its format and location. You can view the site yourself on-line at http:// www.ada.org/prof/prac/issues/library/catalog.asp. There is a picture of the site with a bust of Pierre Fauchard. To the right of that bust is the computer/monitor to go through the Hall of Fame. You may make the trip by clicking on the picture.

Foundation Report

The Executive Board has requested funds from the Foundation for various programs. President Lowder will write a grant request letter to the Foundation for their approval.

Past PFA president and Foundation Public Relations Chairman filed a report that the Foundation has awarded $97,500 in student scholarships and $204,104 in project grants for 2002. That brings the total dating from its 1996 initiation to 150 grants awarded and more than 500 dental scholarships amounting to $2,224,000. A list of those awarded this year will appear under Foundation News.

Dr. Barrett’s New Orleans presentation to the Academy Board of Trustees of his plan to try and raise $3 million to increase the Foundation’s principle, had as yet to be approved by the Foundation Board, according to Foundation President Carl Lundgren. The Academy did appoint three Trustees to help out on the project when it has been established by the Foundation.

Closing

President Gary Lowder gaveled down the meeting’s end in late afternoon after a full day of hammering away at the issues PFA was facing. Many items were thoroughly discussed and action commenced in preparation for presentation to the Board of trustees in San Francisco’s Meeting.

Membership

By Trustee Charles Eller

The world situation seems to be so unsettled, and yet there are organizations, such as ours, who try to do their part in assisting where the needs are physical, not political. We are the world’s largest philanthropic dental organization, a service academy in the truest sense, of nearly 8000 members. Our Foundation has distributed nearly $2.25 million in grants for worthwhile dental projects worldwide since 1996.

Membership recruitment is always a challenge. Each of us does his job differently, but sometimes it is good to share what works for one Section and what does not. We look for leaders in our local dental societies and deans of dental schools for qualified prospective members. Many dentists have never considered membership and are only vaguely aware of PFA. But if asked, they begin considering the option. Serving in positions of dental leadership is fleeting. But Fellowship in a service Academy is ongoing. Organized dental leadership positions are confining to their exacting duties, while membership in PFA is as creative as the individual desires to become. Dental leadership is defining in time and effort, whereas PFA projects are selective for available time and effort.

To Section Chairs, we are approaching the Spring and Summer months in the northern hemisphere where we can plan activities indoors and outside. Give the Academy one hour a month of your time, set yourself a goal, and then exceed it. The Central Office, our Web site, the new pamphlet can all be aids in keeping our membership viable and growing.
Motivation appears to be a universal problem in any organization. Our top leaders in the Academy must be the main source for this motivational effort. They are young and enthusiastic. They are encouraging in all efforts and carry a heavy load for PFA. They stand ready to help out in all areas that you as a Chairperson, or even as a member, wish to conceive and execute a project. The resources are available. The track record is proven. All that we need is your taking up the challenge to build membership, to create a dental project to serve the public, and to carry out together the goals you have set for your group.

And all you need to do is ask. Ask the PFA leaders. Ask the Central office. Ask your colleagues to join you in one of the world’s greatest dental service organizations serving the world.

By working, one person at a time, we multiply those simple efforts until they are magnified by all the Fellowship globally. Through our combined efforts, perhaps we can make our world a little less unsettled.

From the desk of the Executive Director…

by Dr. Shig Ryan Kishi

As of this April, 128 applications have been mailed out. The total 2002 applications were 93. Due to the economic recession, the Foundation has received an unprecedented number of grant application requests, and even more faxes and requests for information and guidelines.

Six of this year’s requests are from Section Chairs.

Usually about one third of those applications are returned completed. About one half of those are ineligible. That would leave about 21 for Board review. Actually, this is ahead of last year’s requests. Just a reminder that the grant application deadline is 1 June 2003 for consideration by the Board in San Francisco. The Foundation has approximately $130,000 for distribution at this year’s meeting for 2003.

WFrance

Dr. Michel Lubin, on behalf of Paris’ Mobile Dental Clinic Association, expressed the Association Board’s appreciation for the Foundation grant presented them by International Trustee Pierre Marois and President Andrè Robert of the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Chirurgen Dentistes in a reception ceremony to purchase a new mobile dental health care bus to serve the poor of Paris.

India

Section Secretary/Treasurer T. Samraj reports presenting the Foundation Scholarship Award to Ms. R. Varna of the Government Dental College in Trivandram. Dr N. Subramanian, President of the India Dental Association Trivanandram Branch, made the presentation with Dr. T. Rameaj.

Switzerland

Chairman Roland Soellner presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to the University of Basel Dental School student Mrs. Photini Mengisopoulos at a ceremony with the other dental students and faculty present. Professor Carlo Marinello gave the address concerning the structure and goals of the Academy and of the Foundation. Chairman Soellner outlined the importance of a “role model” in the PFA to motivate the younger generation to become dentists of high quality. Professor Dr. Jurg Meyer, SSO Magazine Editor for the Swiss Dental Organization, was also present at the awarding and organized the press part in which a whole page was dedicated to this PFA event.

Japan

Meikai University School of Dentistry presented the Foundation’s Scholarship Award in the Dean’s Room to student Satoru Morikawa. PFA International Trustee for Japan Mamoru Sakuda and PFA Japan Section Executive Board member Dr. Hirokazu Hashimoto were on hand for the presentation along with Professor Hiroshi Nakajima, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dean Toshikazu Yasui expressed his appreciation and opportunity that we helped provide to one of his students to aid in developing the student’s future career in dentistry.

Award recipient Satoru Morikawa holding presented certificate next to bemedaled Trustee Mamoru Sakuda and other dignitaries

The Last Strive to Save a Dying Dental Art

by Arvid Saunaitis, CDT President, Kromex Dental Laboratory

Compared with other technologies that have been replaced with new innovations, partial dentures or removable bridges will soon become a thing of the past because the knowledge to construct them will no longer exist. Unlike the need for full dentures, which has been reduced by root canals and fluoride, the demand for partial dentures is on the rise.

The reason that people lose their teeth is not always neglect. Accidents, sports injuries, genetics, prosthesis work done by cheap, less-than-quality laboratories are some of the other reasons. An improperly designed partial that fails to take in the biophysics of the oral cavity can be as damaging.

Unlike a fixed bridge that requires the reduction of healthy teeth and the stress that is put on them to absorb the shock of the entire bridge span in mastication, a partial denture shares the shock with the edentulous ridge and the clasped teeth. Today, the partial can be made thinly and small without exposing any unsightly metal. By relining the partial every year and a half to two years, the partial can last longer and cost only a fraction of a bridge.

But the exacting construction of partials involves some very complex procedures. Each procedure is usually handled by a technician familiar with only one part of the construction process. The technician that oversees the entire process from start to finish is the department head or laboratory owner. For a technician to reach that level of expertise requires talent, dedication, and a minimum of five working years under the supervision of an experienced technician. Unfortunately, most of such experienced technicians have reached the retirement age. The dental technology schools in the United States that still remain open, do not even have such instructors on their staff. Before the level of talent leaves the industry, the knowledge they possess must be passed on to the next generation of technicians.

Various dental, government, and outside organizations must take immediate action if this technology is to survive. I have authored several articles in dental magazines, even the Chicago Sun-Times, calling attention to this problem. The only response generated has been from the general public. No one else seems to care.
The dental manufacturers claim to have educational programs in place and demonstrate little concern. Having been in this industry for the past quarter of a century, I can only say that an expensive, short training course by companies that are only interested in selling their products is definitely not the solution.

For further information on this problem and what you can do to help, contact the Forum for Prosthetic Dentistry at 773/436-9440. Think of the alternative.

Editor’s comment:

Arvid Saunaitis presents a very real problem facing dentistry, and through us, the public we serve. NHS has already determined that there will be a shortage of dentists by 2005. Now we will be also facing a shortage of qualified lab technicians that we depend on for our living. As the population is expanding and the desires of the general public are growing, the pool of dental purveyors will be shrinking. Technology has improved for us to serve the public better and faster; however, there are just so many stressful hours in the day that one dentist, one technician can put in.

If our professions do not step up to help answer these problems, then we leave it to the government or private for-profit companies to determine the direction these solutions will be taking. One such solution will be expanded duties in both fields to unqualified individuals to fill the void, or reduce the service to those who cannot afford the increased expense as demand will outstrip supply, driving costs and fees up. Is this what we want?

The Legacy Continues…

Dr. Robert Shira’s legacy continues on with your donations to his requested final act of humanity, the PFA Foundation. The Foundation thanks all those who remember this wonderful leader. He may have been a two-star general with the Army, but he was five stars to the Academy and Foundation. Send your remembrances into Foundation Executive Director Shig Kishi, 1441 Avocado Avenue, Suite 508, Newport Beach, CA 93660.
• Becker, Dr. Norman – Massachusetts Section Chairman
• Kort, Dr. William – past PFA President
• Osborn, Joan
• Roach, Dr. Kevin and Anne, PFA President-elect
To date, $7870 have been contributed in Dr. Shira’s name.

Section News

Australasia

Dr. Mark Sinclair has announced that they will be holding their PFA Section Breakfast and Induction Ceremony at Sydney’s Skyline Terrace at the Convention Centre from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on 18 September 2003. The event will take place during the FDI Congress Meeting held in Sydney. Please contact Dr. Sinclair at Suite 3 Level 1, 90 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW, Australia.
E-mail MarkSin@ix.net.au or call 001/161-263313699.

Canada

International Trustee for Canada Barry Dolman reported hosting their Annual Fellowship and Awards Ceremony in Alberta, Canada, at the Jasper Park Lodge this May 24th, for breakfast starting at 7 a.m. to honor Dr. Perry Tester and Dr. George Peacock with Distinguished Service Awards. PFA President Gary Lowder and PFA President-elect Kevin roach will be in attendance to help initiate 17 new Fellows into the Academy along with Canadian Dental Association President Tom Brenneman, the PFA Western Canada Section Chair.

Pfiser Consumer Healthcare is graciously sponsoring the event, permitting individual contributions to be used for support of the PFA Foundation.

Chile

Chairman Jaime Koifman hosted their annual meeting on May 26 to induct ten new Fellows. International Trustee Bernardo Levit will be in attendance to assist.

France

International Trustee Pierre Marois of Paris was recently honored by the Dental Service of the American Hospital in Paris for his dedication to organizing and promoting the image of American Dentistry in France. “We all love him for his kindness, wise advice, and brilliant personality,” states Dr. Jean-Luc Prouvost of the American Hospital. Chief of the Department, Professor Jean-Francois Tecucianu, also a PFA Fellow, presented him the Honor Award with the assembly applauding. Included in the attendance were such great professionals as Drs. Claude Levy, Henry Frajder, Edouard Cohen, Mark Shulman, Depres Curely, Jean-Louis Reynaud, Vinh N’guyen, Pierre Raygot, Jean-Luc Pineill, and Eric Edwards.

Guatemala

Chairman Bertrand Moldauer inducted two new Fellows from the Universidad de San Carlos School of dentistry, Drs. Garrick Morales and Roberto Wehncke, joining Drs. Ramiro Alfaro, Augusto Hurtarte, Estuardo Mata, and Estuardo Zachrisson. His Section was also instrumental in inducting Dr. Alex Fleury of Brazil and Dr. Ines Velez of Columbia.

India

Secretary/Treasurer T. Samraj writes that the India Section was first founded in 1975, but went inactive about 1980. During their Golden Jubilee, the PFA Section became active again in 1986 and has built a strong 440 membership base that increases every year with their own newsletter. As India gets stronger as a country, so does the mission of PFA within it. The Academy is very proud of the Section’s commitment to excellence.

Japan

International Trustee for Japan Mamoru Sakuda announced that the 34th Annual Meeting of the Japan Section will be held 11 October 2003 in Shizuoka City at the foot of Mt. Fuji. A full schedule of activities has been planned.

Korea

Dr. Kim, Hong-ki will hold their annual meeting in Seoul, Korea, on 31 May 2003.

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Dr. Carl Lundgren

Section News

United States
California, Southern Section

Dr. Carl Lundgren, past PFA President, current PFA Foundation President, was installed as President of the 5700 member USA Section of the International College of Dentists (ICD). Dr. Lundgren has been an outstanding leader in the Academy for decades. Now he is sharing his genius for leadership with the ICD for the large USA Section, and still daily works on the Foundation’s programs. He is another great humanitarian leader that has arisen from the quality aspects of real ethical dentistry who unceasingly works for the betterment of all humanity through his profession. All of PFA, and certainly ICD, are proud to have this leader in our ranks.

Florida

Fellow Ivan Moldauer of Belize will be graduating with his degree in endodontics from Nova School of Dentistry this summer and will commence studies for his masters in education at NSU. Dr. Moldauer was one of the coordinators for last year’s Guatemala PFA Dental Mission that serviced many needy patients in the Antigua area. Drs. Moldauer and Levitt presented a table clinic at the Miami Mid Winter Meeting on Halitosis, which won first prize. Their $100 prize was donated to the PFA Foundation.

Kentucky

Chairman Karl Lange reports inducting nine new Fellows into his Section in a combined meeting with ACD and ICD during the annual session of the Kentucky Dental Association’s Meeting. They emphasize their primary service project of helping out in the Special Olympics/Special Smiles Program which has been an outstanding success for several years now. This is a co-sponsored project with the Kentucky Dental Association and both of their dental schools. The PFA Section, with a grant from our Foundation, has become a major sponsor of the event.

Dr. Lange also notes that their project for children at the Kentucky State Fair last year had 750 volunteers placing 1976 sealants on 602 people and screened 1573 children during the four days of the Fair.

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Chair Jim Kulild presents plaque to retiring Chair Jim Dryden
Missouri

Chairman James Kulild held their Section Meeting at the Midwest Dental Conference in Kansas City this March. Dean Michael Reed of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, a PFA Fellow, discussed the grant application process for their section. They presented their retiring Chairman’s Appreciation Plaque to Dr. Jim Dryden in appreciation of his two-year service as Missouri Section Chairman.

Georgia

Chair Karyn Stockwell hosted their first annual Leadership Conference and Convocation. PFA President Gary Lowder addressed the group about the Foundation and its grant process. Trustee Bob Hart of Florida discussed the achievements of those grant projects and played Trustee Charles Eller’s video on the California programs. Fellows from the Medical College of Georgia and the Ben Massell Clinic expressed interest in filing for a Foundation grant.

The kickoff was a partnership program with the Tender Care Clinic of Green/Morgan/ Putnam County to provide basic preventative and treatment services for needy children on a Friday in conjunction with the ADA’s “Give Kids a Smile Project.” After volunteering for a couple hours in one of three mobile dental vans, the Fellows would then join the rest of the group at the Ritz Carlton Plantation for their “Welcoming Reception,” some golf, and sociable interaction. On Saturday morning, Dr. Gary Lowder gave a presentation on “How we can step up as Leaders in our Profession and World” for four AGD CE credits. The afternoon was spent in leisure pursuits. Saturday night, Dr. Lowder and Trustee Bob Hart inducted new Fellows at the dinner. Sunday morning was a members-only meeting and breakfast. Registration for this weekend event was $400, but encompassed many events. The funding helped to put out a four-page classy newsletter. Chair Karyn Stockwell introduced her District Chairs as Drs. John Harrington for Central, James Reynierson III for Eastern, Joe Dufresne for Northern, Kent Percy for Northwestern, W. Gregory Evans for Southeastern, Kent Simmons for Southwestern, and John Vollenweider for Western. This was an outstanding event for the Section’s Fellowship to get involved and enjoy the weekend.

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Dr. Minoru Horiuchi (photo courtesy of Dr. Gary Herbeck)
Massachusetts

Dr. Minoru Horiuchi of Boston, past PFA President, current Foundation Trustee, was installed as President of the 8800-member International College of Dentistry that has 80 Sections worldwide. He is PFA’s 2002 Gold Medal recipient, the highest honor PFA can bestow. He is a humble man of great talent and skill. Both organizations are proud to call him Fellow as one of the top 3% professionals in the world.

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Chairman Norman Becker presenting award to Karen Rafeld

Chairman Norman Becker hosted their annual PFA Breakfast Meeting during the Yankee Dental Meeting to induct new Fellows and present their Distinguished Service Award to Karen Rafeld, Assistant Executive Director of the Massachusetts Dental Society. ADA Trustee Ed Mehlman attended along with past PFA president Min Horiuchi.

Nevada

Dr. Joel F. Glover, a PFA Fellow from Reno, was elected as the ADA’s 14th District Trustee. He is a graduate of Northwestern Dental school. He has been President of the Nevada Dental Association, the Northern Nevada Dental Society, the Nevada State Board of Examiners, the American Association of Dental Examiners, and the Reno South Rotary Club. He is a Fellow in PFA, ICD, ADI, and ACD.

West Virginia

Chairman Bob Hornbrook held their annual meeting this May at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Morgantown to present their Distinguished Service Award and the PFA Dental Student Merit Award.

Ohio

Chairman Al Uveges with the help of his District Chairs, Drs. Walter Buchsieh, David Pelok, Karl Schneider, and Joe Crowley, inducted 11 new Fellows at their annual meeting with 117 Fellows in attendance. Dr. Ronald Occhinerro received their Distinguished Service Award. Past ADA Journal Editor Larry Meskin gave a presentation on the “Future of Dentistry.” They also made plans for a continuing education course at their North Coast District meeting, which will be a social gathering for senior dental students invited from both Ohio Dental Schools.

Indiana

Chairman David Matthews continues to stress mentorship in their successful program with their dental school. This year they added six new Fellows to their ranks.

Pennsylvania

Fellow Charles Weber, past President of the Valley Forge Dental Association, has been selected as President-elect of the Pennsylvania Dental Association for 2003-2004. Dr. Weber practices in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and has been active in many civic and community activities. He has served as a Pennsylvania Delegate to the ADA, past President of the Chester and Delaware County Dental Society, Chief of Dental Staff for the Chester County Hospital, and is a Fellow in PFA and ICD.

Wisconsin

Chairman Glenn Maihofer hosted their annual meeting in Green Bay, home of the Packers, this May during the Wisconsin Dental Association’s Annual Session. They presented their Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Maihofer also noted that the new dental school opened last August, so if you are visiting in Milwaukee, please give him a call to arrange for a tour.

One of their other programs this January was providing oral health screenings for 238 children at the dental school. Seventeen volunteers in this “Give Kids a Smile Program” worked with 108 of the students and the Marquette staff. Local dental supply houses supplied the materials.

From the Desk of Congressman Charlie Norwood…

As I write this on a plane from Atlanta to Washington, DC, I am sitting beside ADA President Howard Jones. We are both going to the Hill to work on legislation.

I am still Chairman of the Subcommittee that has jurisdiction over OSHA. OSHA Director Jim Hurshaw is doing very well and we have become friends. I did a surprise General Inspection of OSHA Headquarters the other day. I wanted to remind the bureaucrats that we are watching their every move, and I wanted them to know how we feel when they just show up in our dental offices flashing the ID’s. I guess I should be ashamed of myself, but it felt good to turn the tables.

We have dropped our Patient Protection Bills for the 108th Congress. We divided the old bill into two new bills. HR 597 is about patient protection and external review. Bill HR 596, the ERISA Corrections Act, is about liability. The HR 596 is a short, two-page bill that simply states that ERISA does not pre-empt State causes of action in medical necessity determinations. This bill will probably never see the light of day. This was the contentious part of the Patient Protection Bills that kept it from passing into law. Supreme Court Justice Shouter’s position has made the need for a liability bill less with each court decision.

For the last eight years, I have argued that an insurer that makes medical decisions that harm or kills a patient should be held accountable in State Court. I believe we need to repeal ERISA’s absolute pre-emption of State suits. But the insurance industry fought me tooth and nail for those eight years. Now, it appears, the courts are doing what I was unable to win through legislation. The Supreme Court chipped away at ERISA in cases like Pegram vs. Herdrich, and in Rush vs. Moran. Federal District Courts sent cases back to the States in Bui vs. AT&T, and in Isaac vs. Seabury. In February, the Second Federal Circuit Court did the same in Cicio vs. Vytra, stating that medical cases involving necessity are not pre-empted by ERISA. And such cases should be heard in State Courts.

While these cases do not have the force or clarity as an Act by Congress does, they do lead to the same outcome. Patients are going to be able to hold their HMO accountable in State Court.

The fight is not over yet, but it is certainly going in our direction.

We did pass a Tort reform Bill out of Commerce Committee that limits non-economic damages to $250,000. The House has yet to pass the Bill as of this writing. The problem is: will we get the 60 Senate votes to make it law? Call your Senator now.

Amalgam fillings are being attacked on many fronts, including here in Washington, DC. There is a bill to outlaw amalgam fillings. Congressman Dan Burton is pushing this bill, and he is chairman of this subcommittee. But he has allowed three congressmen who are dentists to attend the hearings and participate. We all defend the dental profession’s position very well and give the committee’s witnesses a thorough going over. When people use bogus science to push public policy, it is a dangerous thing. We will stay alert on this issue and keep you informed. It is well worth having a dentist in Congress.

So if you want to help, call Beth Blalock at 706/738-8400 for information on how you can join our Capitol Club. Thank you all for your generous support in the past. And thank you for your continued support for the tomorrows as the fight for our profession continues in the political arena.
 

Sincerely,

Charlie Norwood

PFA Fellow

The Last Trumpets of Tribute

by James R. Hayward

AWe stand at attention to review the monumental achievements of our beloved Major General Robert B. Shira—educator, editor, administrator, clinical specialist, and humble humanitarian.

Bob had important gifts of detailed daily organization for his time and wisdom in delegation of tasks. He could spot talent for a task and then give free reign to that individual with confidence of success. Micromanagement was not his style. His selected residents at Letterman Hospital on the West Coast and Walter Reed Hospital in Washington became fine leaders in their specialties.

Dr. Shira was keen to diagnose problems in organizations.

When assigned to Europe to command all the Army Dental Clinics (1964-1967), his personal visits inspired junior officers to improve the quality of care for the troops. In 1965, as President-elect of the American Society of Oral Surgeons, he had long-distance duties. Its headquarters in Chicago had floundered through a series of unfit executive secretaries. Bob and a small committee appointed a very young publishing editor, Bernard J. Degen, who served the Society for 25 years as it developed into the prestigious American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

While in Europe, General Shira observed the advanced surgical procedures in the dental specialty there. In 1966, Bob arranged a postgraduate course at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for the specialty. Featured on the program was Professor Hugo Obwegeser of Zurich. The orthognathic surgery of that program opened new vistas for all who attended. General Shira also assigned resident training for promising officers to attend famous European surgery centers. Many of these men became leaders of maxillofacial surgery.

Membership in professional organization always found Dr. Shira rising to the top in pivotal roles of leadership. He served them all with distinction. Only a few are cited here, which include the American Dental Association (1975 President), the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (1965 President), the American Board of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons (1975 President), the Pierre Fauchard Academy (1985 President), the Pierre Fauchard Foundation (President until his death in 2002).

Like Kurt H. Thoma, Dr. Shira had a long career with C. V. Mosby as Editor-in-Chief of the popular “Triple O” Journal (1961-1993).

Dr. Shira was a popular teacher and lecturer on the major dental programs in all the States in this country and many international dental meetings. His friendships in Latin America resulted in a large personal bequest to the Pierre Fauchard Academy, which established its Foundation. Bob guided this resource to direct improvements in dental school education in this country and abroad, as well as fund many national and international dental projects.

When he retired from active military service after 33 years, he had attained the highest rank ever in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. Bob was asked to take on another career challenge in formal dental education. His talent was requested as Dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (1971-1979), and thereafter as Provost of Tufts University and Vice President for Health Affairs. After he retired from academic administration in 1993, the Robert B. Shira Lecture was instituted at Tufts in 1996.

The military and academic awards bestowed upon Dr. Shira are too numerous to list. He was awarded honorary degrees from six distinguished universities in this country, and many citations abroad.

Bob was a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather to a family that he and his beloved wife Eileen had established. She preceded him death. Their wonderful married daughters, Mary Ann Irvine, Sharon Lou Swanson, and Linda Kay O’Hara are reminded with pride of their father’s superlative careers, countless friends, and cherished memories. He left his profession and the world a better and more compassionate environment for us all. We thank him for these collective memories of his greatness, and as “Taps” sounds, we can say, “General, all is well, safely rest, God is nigh.”

But as we lay him to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery, the legacy he had begun all through his life continues on…

4. July - August

I have given that statement a great deal of thought with respect to the challenges of life as they can affect our actions. Even our best intentions and most worthwhile projects can be slowed by fear and uncertainty. The progress of a good cause could be slowed by the fears that it might not get the approval we hoped for. Perhaps everyone will not accept our efforts as genuine and beneficial to all concerned.

The courage to act comes from within. Encouragement from without, though beneficial in fueling the forward motion of any worthwhile intention, may be slow in coming, or may not come at all. I am sure that almost all great leaders faced the fears that accompanied the decisions, which ultimately made them great, and with uncommon courage took the risk of following their conviction to fulfill the vision of the possibilities that they wanted to become realities.

Each of us faces fear daily in our roles as decision makers, caregivers, diagnosticians, researchers, etc. Clarity of purpose, vision of a better reality, and intent to create our own concept of the best we can be for others and ourselves all contribute as the building blocks to the foundation of our legacy to the world. We each have a contribution to make. Many have already made great contributions to the profession of dentistry, which is one of the reasons we enjoy Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Daily introspection as to our progress toward the fulfillment of our own worthwhile dreams will keep us moving forward in spite of the fears that confront our efforts for good.

I offer my encouragement to “feel the fear and do it anyway” with respect to the worthwhile goals and accomplishments in which you are involved. Stop wringing your hands, roll up your sleeves, take a few deep breaths, and move forward … whatever the good goal may be. 

July/August • 2003
Gary Lowder, DDS

President

Smallpox Bioterrorism

ADA President T. Howard Jones and ADA Executive Director James Bramson have called on the dental community to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the possible use of smallpox as a bioterrorism weapon. It is likely that dental personnel will be called on to provide assistance in the immediate aftermath of a significant bioterrorism attack, particularly if the medical community is overwhelmed. Should the threat of a smallpox attack become a reality, dentists will be asked to provide surveillance, to monitor the spread of the disease, and to administer smallpox vaccinations.

The ADA is recommending that every office maintain a “Bioterrrorism” file in each office for this possibility and to include future updates.

CDC Director Dr. Julie Louise Gerberding asks the dental community if they can recognize a case of smallpox? Can you advise patients about smallpox vaccinations? Can you manage a patient with smallpox vaccination adverse reactions?

Additional information can be found at the CDC Web site www.CDC.gov/smallpox

Webster’s Dictionary defines smallpox as “a contagious viral disease of humans, formerly common, now eradicated.” Those of us born before the late 1950s have had the vaccine as attested by the scar on our upper left shoulder. But, like polio, when the disease was determined by the medical community to be eradicated, many physicians stopped recommending the vaccination.

All of the U.S. Service personnel being sent overseas are now being vaccinated for smallpox. There is even some question arising as to whether those vaccinated a half century ago need to have it done again.

“Bioterrorism” is not even a word in the computer Spellcheck. That is how recently the term has come into being. Smallpox eradication was a lauded worldwide victory over this disease that killed up to 30% of those infected with it. Now those who plan suicide terror bombings have dug up the ghost of diseases past to cripple the world and many innocent people along with their cowardly, immoral actions.

You are already aware of the attacks with anthrax. There are reasons to believe, if given the opportunity, terrorists have been developing smallpox as another weapon of mass destruction. Every nation and all of its health professionals need to be aware of the possibility that international terrorism is not just bombings or missiles aimed at your town, but the insidious release of diseases.

In the late 1970s, your editor was the representative for Loyola University Medical Center to an international conference on preparedness of the Chicago area health facilities in the event of a nuclear holocaust. After a three-day conference covering the use of hospital, medical, and dental facilities for the wounded, the conclusion was that even if we were prepared, there were not enough beds or chairs to accommodate all those who needed treatment. There were not enough health professionals, including dentists, to handle the situation. Again, we are faced with the same possibility. But the determination is that in this case the onslaught would be slow in building, like the SARS epidemic in some areas of the world, until it reached pandemic proportions. If we are prepared, many lives can be saved.

While it is not mentioned in the CDC release, it would seem that the first line of defense is to have yourself, your family, and all your personnel inoculated with the vaccine. Then be informed about the generalized systemic symptoms you would be able to recognize in your patients as differing from chicken pox, herpes zoster, impetigo, contact dermatitis, erythema multiforme, and herpes simplex. Then refer them to their physician for confirmation and follow-up treatment.

Also not noted in either news release is, when in doubt about any contagious disease in your office, do a thorough sterilization process as well as cleaning of such overlooked items as doorknobs, writing implements used, keyboards, and phones. Scheduling such for the personnel as a safety drill not only protects you all, but demonstrates your office’s commitment to total public safety.

Bay Cliff Health Camp

A Section Chairperson’s Program

by PFA Past President M. David Campbell and Janet Campbell, past PFA First Lady

In 2002, the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy funded a grant of $3500 to the Bay Cliff Health Camp for Children in Big Bay, Michigan, through Section Chair Virginia Merchant’s request. Dr. Donn Kipka, a general dentist in nearby Marquette, and a PFA Fellow, is the volunteer Dental Director for the camp. The dental facility has three treatment rooms and is a well-equipped facility. The Foundation grant enabled Dr. Kipka to purchase a much needed dental unit light and supplies for the dental clinic.

Ms. Pat Theisen, a retired RDH who runs the day-to-day operations of the dental clinic, says she “has never made less, worked harder, or had more fun” in her whole life than she has at Bay Cliff.

Local members of the dental profession support Bay Cliff Health Camp as well. After her hygiene day job, Mary Ehnis, RDH, makes a 74-mile round trip from Marquette twice a week to care for the young campers. Tata Rasmussen, RDH, takes one of her vacation weeks and spends it at Bay Cliff working with campers. These women are also volunteers. In fact, everyone in the dental area is a volunteer, with the exception of the part-time paid manager, Ms. Theisen. But she, too, invests many volunteer hours beyond her salaried time.

At the conclusion of the Children’s Camp, for which there is no charge to the children, there is a one-week camp at Bay Cliff called “Camp Independence.” Camp Independence provides adults with physical disabilities the opportunity to experience camping activities the rest of us take for granted, again at no charge to the participants. Camp Independence serves 52 adult campers. These campers have such challenges as closed head injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy. Many campers are wheelchair bound, some on oxygen, some use walkers. This facility is usually their only opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, water activities, and a fellowship that a camping experience can offer.

In 2002, two PFA member dentists, Dr. Cheri Newman and Dr. Malcolm David Campbell volunteered their dental skills during the week of Camp Independence. Section Chair Virginia Merchant volunteered her day off from the office to help. Ms. Stephanie Newman, RDH, Ms. Kristy Dorland, RDH, Ms. Tiffany Chimelak, DS3 student at the University of Detroit/Mercy, and the doctors’ spouses, Janet Campbell and Jim Kenyon, also volunteered at the dental clinic.

The charge of the dental group at Camp Independence was simple: to screen campers and schedule them for prophylaxis, restorations, and extractions later in the week. Campers visited the dental cottage between their morning and afternoon activities.

On the first day, upon arrival of the campers, none of the PFA volunteers really knew what to expect. Each camper came to the dental cottage with a different story, yet all smiles.

This one-week program allowed the PFA volunteers to do dental treatment on well over 50 campers and some staff members.

One of the clinic patients was a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic Central Michigan University student who is completing his degree in Computer Science. He does his written work by spending as much as 15 hours a day at a computer, using a typing stick held between his teeth. Our PFA volunteers repaired the second set of veneers to his front teeth. Each camper has a unique story of challenges to overcome!

PFA is not the only group that volunteers to benefit Bay Cliff Health Camp. One evening during the Camp Independence session, the local Harley-Davidson Chapter from Marquette rolled into camp on their “Hogs.” The campers were delighted to see those bikes. The bikers joined the campers, encouraged them to sit on the bikes, passed out hugs and smiles … and one more thing … passed out a check for $80,000! The local chapter of the Harley Riders has been doing this for many years. And each year their donation to the camp is larger.

Stephanie Newman, RDH, wrote, “Each of us volunteered with the idea of being able to help others. But each of us was helped instead. Little did we know when we first met the campers in wheelchairs and walkers that they would be our teachers. You see, these campers were ‘differently-abled,’ not disabled. Each person we encountered taught us a valuable lesson, something we could take home with us. In these campers we saw strength, where others might see weakness. We saw drive and determination, where others would assume dependence. Yes, it is true that we went there to help their physical well-being by cleaning and restoring their teeth. But they helped our emotional well-being by filling holes in our hearts. They offered us love, friendship, and joy, all the while teaching us a very important lesson: Never take for granted the ability you have. And never assume your ability is limited. I thank YOU, members of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, for the opportunity to be changed, to grow, and to be part of the family of friends that I will never lose.”

Janet Campbell noted, “It truly was an exciting experience for all of us. Because of our involvement, two more dentists have volunteered for next year. Dr. Newman, a PFA member, is returning, as are the chairside assistants and the RDHs. The young woman who was a chairside assistant for Dr. Campbell lived with the Campbells for seven years while she went back to school to take all her prerequisites, then four years of dental school and graduated at age 39. She is going to take a week of her vacation to volunteer there.”


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ADA President T. Howard Jones receiving the PFA President’s Award from PFA President Gary Lowder

PFA President’s Award

The PFA President annually selects this distinguished Award. This year, President Gary Lowder selected ADA President T. Howard Jones for this Award. However, due to his conflicting schedule of our Awards Luncheon and Dr. Jones running the ADA Session in San Francisco, President Lowder took this opportunity to present his President’s Award in Dr. Jones’ home State during Georgia Section Chair Karyn Stockwell’s Leadership Weekend last February.

In making the presentation, PFA President Gary Lowder stated, “I have found no greater example of an attitude of service and self-sacrifice for the good of the profession than Howard. And I acknowledge him for his devotion to the betterment of organized dentistry. Imagine leaving your practice for significant periods of time each week for over a year and devoting yourself to representing thousands of other dentists throughout the country. Howard’s attitude is not one of personal gain or notoriety. He is very unassuming. Yet he does have a keen awareness of the needs of the private practicing dentist and is willing to speak out for them. Georgia can be justly proud of Howard and the way he reflects the goodness of its dental community. As President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, I thank him for his Fellowship and example.”

Elmer S. Best Award

Professor Dr. Gunnar F. Carlsson was presented the Elmer S. Best Award by PFA President Gary Lowder on Saturday, 21 June 2003, in the Kaisersaal Room, Berlin, Germany. After the Best Medal presentation, Horst-Wolfgang Haase, owner of the International Quintessence Publishing Group, hosted a party at his house. Also in attendance were PFA International Trustee Pierre Marois of Paris and PFA German Chairman Frank Braun.

Details and pictures of the event will be in the next issue of Dental World.

Awards Luncheon

The PFA Annual Awards Luncheon will be held on Saturday, 25 October 2003, at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel in Salons 14 & 15 from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. This event is held during the Annual ADA Session, which this year is in San Francisco.

In addition to the Installation of Officers and Induction of new Fellows, some of PFA’s top awards are presented to outstanding individuals in our profession. Your attendance is necessary to properly honor these people for all the dedicated service they have provided to dentistry. An envelope is included in this issue to make reservations for the gala luncheon, which costs $45 per person, and all are encouraged to mark your calendar for this event.

TheSince all the Academy and Foundation Officers will be present, it goes without saying that this is an event of some importance and a good opportunity to network with your PFA leaders.

Pierre Fauchard Gold Medal will be presented to Dr. Harald Loe of Osteras, Norway.

Honorary PFA International Fellowship will be bestowed on Ms. Helen MacKenzie Cherrett, Director for the ADA Center for International Development and Affairs, Chicago, Illinois.

The PFA Certificate of Appreciation for his service as President-elect will be presented to Dr. Gordon B. Stine.

The Dental Trade & Industry Award will be presented to the Patterson Dental Company of St. Paul, Minnesota, with President and CEO Peter L. Frechette accepting the honor.

From the Desk of Past PFA President Martin Naimark…

To Dr. Robert Shira—in perpetuity

Dear Bob,

We first met many years ago. You were campaigning for the Presidency of the American Dental Association. The meeting was held in Lansing, Michigan, and you were meeting with the officers of the Michigan Dental Association.

The end result, you were elected President of the ADA. You served with distinction, added to the many awards that you earned nationally and internationally.

As teacher, scholar, and a dear friend to many, your contributions to dentistry were acclaimed worldwide. Your humor, quips, your ability to hold the attention of audiences made you always at ease with an appreciative audience. You were the ultimate personality. How do I come by these words? I was your roommate on many occasions when we attended many meetings together.

We will meet again in Heaven. Eternally your Friend,

Marty Naimark

PFA Annual Meeting Schedule

San Francisco, California
24–26 October 2003—San Francisco Marriott Hotel

Friday, 24 October

8 am–9:30 am, ADA Opening Session—Moscone West Building

10 am–11 am, PFA Executive Board Session, Pacific H Room

10 am–11:30 am, Section Chair Caucus, Pacific J Room

11:45 am–noon, Section Chair Caucus report to PFA Board, Pacific H Room

noon–1:30 pm, PFA working lunch, Pacific H Room

1:30 pm–5 pm, PFA Board Meeting, Pacific H Room

Saturday, 25 October

7:30 am–11:30 am, Foundation Board Meeting, Pacific H Room

11:30 am–2 pm, PFA Awards Luncheon, Salons 14 & 15

2:30 pm–5 pm, Foundation Board Meeting, Pacific H Room

6:30 pm–8 pm, President’s Reception, Pacific J Room

Sunday, 26 October

8 am–5 pm, Foundation Board Meeting, Pacific H Room

1 pm–5 pm, Academy Board Meeting, Pacific Room

6:30 pm–10:30 pm, PFA Dinner Party, Nob Hill Room A

All Section Chairs are invited to attend the Academy Board Meetings, the Section Chair Caucus, the Awards Luncheon, the President’s Reception, and the no-host Sunday Dinner Party.

ALL Reports for the meeting packet MUST be received at the Central Office no later than 5 September to be included in the meeting agenda packet. Those reports received after that date will not be a part of the official meeting agenda packet.

Spontaneous oral reports during the meeting will not be allowed. Anyone wishing to address the Board verbally will need to inform the Central Office by 1 October to be placed on the agenda. NO EXCEPTIONS!

ADA Response to FDA Dental Amalgam Review

In recent months, concern over the use of the traditional silver-mercury amalgam has been raised again by certain Congressmen in the United States interested in banning its use.

On 9 May 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in the Federal Register that they will be establishing a panel to review the dental literature on the use of amalgam. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will cosponsor the review. The stated purpose is to determine whether any published studies in peer-reviewed scientific literature provide any evidence related to the health effects in using dental amalgam in patients. The review will search literature from 1 January 1996 up to 1 June 2003.

Comments have been made that the time frame is too confining and that significant studies may predate 1996 and should be considered as well. While the FDA has stated that “an independent group will conduct the review,” questions have come up about who will be doing the review, their qualifications, how they are selected, and the methodology that will be used. These questions have been asked in order that the scientific community may have an opportunity to comment. While selecting reviewers with “no potential bias or conflict of interest” is worthy, it also excludes knowledgeable individuals who have previously been involved in such studies and reports, thus denying the expertise the agency would need to make an accurate evaluation.

ADA Executive Director James B. Bramson has announced that the ADA has issued comment that the Review Board should contain qualified dental experts that are familiar with the material and its clinical use. It is possible that anti-amalgam groups could use this opportunity to place inappropriate restrictions on the use of amalgam.

n Dr. Bramson’s reply to the FDA, the ADA has submitted a bibliography of peer-reviewed journal articles published from 1996 to mid 2003 concerning the effects of dental amalgam on humans. That data supplied was a cross search from the MEDLINE and the Toxnet databases. More than 400 articles were produced on the physical and biological properties of dental amalgam. But the ADA noted that prior studies to the 1996 date exist and have stood the test of time. These should be included as well. These articles were the subject of the prior 1993 federal agency reviews, and those in 1997. These were included in the 1994 Swedish review, the 1995 Canadian review, the 1996 World Health Organization review, and the combined 1997 Canadian and WHO review. Dr. Bramson noted that significant studies should not be excluded just because they fall before the 1996 time limit.

The ADA supplied the bibliography but with the understanding that it did not endorse them. In fact, the ADA is on record as challenging a number of the studies on scientific grounds. But in the spirit of neutrality, the ADA supplied the entire list without screening out the ones they objected to. That is why the ADA questions the level of integrity of the planned FDA review to include appropriate screening criteria.

The ADA requested the FDA to publish the scientific methodology or protocol, which the ADA would expect to include such factors as background, objectivity, inclusion criteria, search strategy, quality assessment criteria, data extraction, and analysis.

Anyone wishing to provide comments to the FDA should send such to:

Dockets Managements Branch (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, Maryland, 20852

Or contact them at:http://www.FDA.gov/dockets/ecomments

PFA Dental Museum

The PFA Dental Museum, currently located at the Community College of Southern Nevada, has been opened for tours by interested individuals and patients awaiting their dental appointments. But recently other organizations have scheduled visits. A group of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts working on their Dentistry Badges toured the facility hosted by Dr. Tyree Davis of UNLV’s Miles for Smiles Program and the UNLV School of Dentistry. About 40 scouts were involved in the program on dental history offered by our museum. They were amazed to learn that George Washington’s teeth were not made of wood, but actually hippopotamus ivory. They viewed an authentic set of false teeth from the 1790s, dental office displays from the 1940s and 1960s, early instruments, old reference books, a treadle-power dental drill circa 1871, and the collection of colorful posters. This was an eye-opening experience for the Scouts to see the evolution of our profession and its rich heritage.

CDA Carole Brew, who aided in the tour’s explanations, was quite pleased with the young kids’ reactions.

Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal noted that the Museum has been incorporated in the State of Nevada as a tax-deductible organization. And as Museum Curator, he wants to thank all the contributors to this worthwhile cause while the history of dentistry in this country is still available.

Museum Contributors:

Drs. Joseph Morganelli, Raymond Rawson, David Kozal, Richard Kozal, Jon Staley, Nicholas Saccone (past PFA President), Paul Dolin, George Higue (past PFA President), James Ridlen (past CDS President), Chester Bochenek, Carl Lundgren (past PFA President), Jerry Rabeck, Raffaele Suriano (past Loyola Dental School Dean), Frank Amaturo (past Loyola Dental School Associate Dean), James Brophy III, James Long (past PFA President), Bertram Moldauer (Guatemala/Belize Chair), Ivan Moldauer, B. G. Smith, Baxter Sapp, William Scheer, Michael Grossman, Richard Glenner, Samuel Wexer, Jack Gottschalk, John Hyson, Jr., M. David Campbell (past PFA president), R. L. Morrison, Robert Ibsen of Den-Mat Corp., RDH Mary Ann Haag, RDH Barbara Nelson, RDH Linda Simpson and RDH Karen Mulcahy.

The Legacy Continues…

While it approaches nearly a year since General Robert Shira has retired from our presence, donations to the Foundation in his name are still being received. Please continue this legacy that this great man was so dedicated to, right up to the moment of his demise. Send your contributions to Foundation Executive Director Shig Kishi, 1441 Avocado Avenue, Suite 508, Newport Beach, California, 93660. Even if you have contributed before, continue the legacy again in Dr. Shira’s memory.

Thank you to Dr. H. Burton McCauley of Baltimore, Maryland, for continuing to remember.

PFA Adds Another Book

Over the decades, the Pierre Fauchard Academy has undertaken the publication and/or sale of books that have been considered worthy for our profession, but have limited general public appeal.

One of the first was Legacy by the late PFA Editor Cliff Loader and Foundation Executive Director Shig Kishi, which has recently come into prominence with the passing of Dr. Robert Shira and his passage in this collection of dental philosophies of life.

The second publication was the English version of The Life and Times of Pierre Fauchard, which was originally published in French by Dr. Andre Besombes and then translated into English by our own past President, and current Foundation Treasurer, George Higue. Through Dr. Higue’s generosity, this work has been donated to most English-speaking dental school libraries. Some copies are still available.

The third work was assembled by Mrs. Mitch Nakayama and called The 25th History of the Japanese PFA Section. Copies are still available.

The newest addition to our book club is How It Evolved/ Dentistry’s Pursuit for Excellence by Dr. Richard A. Glenner. This work is an account of dentistry’s evolution of equipment, instruments, supplies, and the techniques used in dental offices. This illustrated volume is the companion to the author’s previously published book, The Dental Office.

The 8-1/2" 11 format is softbound or comes in a CD-ROM format. The price is $30, including shipping and handling. It may be ordered from PFA, P.O. Box 80330, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89180-0330. Make checks payable to the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Minority Dentists Honored

The Samuel Harris National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore, in association with the Smithsonian Institute, is currently hosting an exhibit “African Americans in Dentistry” at the Museum’s Saccente Gallery now through August. National Dental Association President Roosevelt Brown, in opening the exhibit, hailed it as “a timely addition to the history of American dentistry. The exhibition highlights the major contributions of African Americans to dental practice, education, public health, and research.” Chief consultant on this projects was USC’s Professor Emeritus Dr. Clifton Dummett, whose recent book NDA II: The Story of America’s Second National Dental Association was the inspiration for the exhibit. Both the exhibit and the book were underwritten by the NDA Foundation in partnership with Colgate-Palmolive Company.

Central Office Report

by Secretary/Treasurer Richard A. Kozal

The first quarter’s end report has 4290 dues statements mailed, 541 second notices to U.S. Members, 338 International dues statements sent out, and letters to 1297 Life Fellows.

New Fellowship Certificates were prepared for 111 members from Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Kentucky, Utah, Guatemala, India, and Korea.

The PFA Data-Base Programmer has completed the huge task of updating and cleaning the PFA membership roster files. The time and expense involved will result in a substantial savings to the Academy’s Dental Abstracts/Dental World subscription mailing costs, as well as dropped/deceased/moved without forwarding address members no longer to receive these publications.

The ADA Housing packets for the annual meeting in October have been mailed out to all the Board members.

The March Executive Committee Meeting Report has been mailed out to the Board as well.
All the PFA business accounts are up to date and current. The 2003 Budget has been finalized and the 2002 Financial Report reviewed. While revenues increased in 2002, PFA expenses were also up.

The New Fellows Nomination form can be printed (in color) from our PFA Web site. The site address for this new function is:

http://www.Fauchard.org/download.htm
Free Adobe Reader program required to view and print.

At the same address, the PFA logos can also be downloaded and then printed for any needed purpose.

Section Chair Caucus

by Dr. Ray Maddox

The Meeting of Section Chairs attending the ADA annual Session and the PFA Meetings has grown in the two years Dr. Maddox has chaired the Caucus. In recent years, the wealth of information derived from this session has helped to drive international policy at the Board level. The contributions of the Chairs has been so great in their participation that the Executive Board has recommended that the Leadership Conference, held every three years, be tabled and that all efforts be concentrated on the recommendations from the Section Chair Caucus.

This year, the Caucus will be held on Friday morning, 24 October 2003, at 10 A.M. in the Pacific J Room of the San Francisco Marriott Hotel. Immediately after the Caucus, the Meeting Chairman will address the PFA Board of Trustees with their recommendations and comments.

As a guide to those topics discussed last year, we present Dr. Maddox’s report and subsequent explanations by the appropriate officers.

There were eight major areas of interest: dues, mentoring programs, annual meetings, new member induction, new member recruitment, PFA Foundation, organizational publicity, and information sharing between Sections.

Section Dues

Section dues structures were discussed and compared. Some Sections have no additional dues, but a “pay as you go” format for their affairs to those charging up to $40 a year. The average was $25 per annum. The Chairs asked if the Central Office could collect these dues when the international dues statements are mailed out.

Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal responded that due to the variance in the dues from Section to Section, depending on their individual needs, that to do so would be horribly complicated and expensive. Different dues envelopes would need to be printed for each Section, a computer program formatted for each Section’s mailing list, a separate bank lock box (and cost) for each Section, and then a compilation of the dues collected to separate out the International dues from the Section dues, and checks issued (with what regularity) to each Section for their dues. The expense of doing this was investigated several years ago and found to be far more costly than each Section’s handling their own mailings and keeping in personal touch with their own members. It is easier to decline Section dues to an impersonal statement than one from a friend, or the cost of both dues resulting in a Fellow deciding to drop membership. In parcels, the dues seem less of a burden to pay than one greater sum.

Mentoring Program

All reporting Sections had some active mentoring program running in their areas–some PFA sponsored, others PFA co-sponsored; but most were run separately with PFA participation.

Annual Section Meetings

Every Section reporting had annual meetings at least. Some were co-hosted with ICD and/or ACD. Those that stood alone have organized programs and induction of new Fellows. A few had a second meeting encompassing a continuing education session hosted by the Section or in conjunction with a local dental school program.

Those Sections holding no meetings were not found to be very active, had a low membership, and were not involved in any dental projects.

Induction of New Members

A formal Fellowship Induction was discussed either like ICD and ACD do, or at the Section level. Standardization of a Ceremony was debated. But many Sections had already established traditional ones for themselves that were servicing their local history and cultures. Limited requirements, such as the presentation of certificates, awarding of the PFA pins, and the beribboning medal ceremony, were discussed.

However, the Chairs did think that a standard Invitation Letter could be developed and should be used.

New Member Recruitment

Debate ensued between the “exclusiveness” of PFA Fellowship as an honor organization and the need for members to participate in Section projects, attend meetings, provide a supply of active officers, and bolster the international roles sponsored by the Academy. A high percent of members made the honor less so, while fewer members provided less capability to do mentoring or other service projects.

The best solution determined by the Caucus was to have a Membership Development Officer that would identify qualified candidates without being limited by a certain percent of the overall dental community. Everyone agreed that they continued to need new members as the lifeblood of the organization, and that qualified younger members would be groomed for offices to enhance the Section organization with their energy and their own contacts.

The PFA Foundation needs your support!

If you’d like to help the Foundation fund grants for good causes and scholarships for good students, please send a check to:

Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
1441 Avocado Ave., Suite 508
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Publicity for the Organization

Publicity about PFA was discussed so more dentists would be aware of all the good that we do and desire to become members. The Editor noted two ways to accomplish this. The first is to appoint a Section Editor who would be responsible for doing local news releases about their Section activities to their area’s dental publications. That editor would be better aware, and have the contacts, to get them in print—even in local newspapers. The second method is for more Sections to notify the Editor in advance of an activity or event so it can be reported ahead of time in Dental World, and then to follow up with pictures and copy after the event. If the event is significant with enough copy and pictures, it would be run as a feature article, like last year’s Canadian Dental Association’s 100th Anniversary or the Guatemala Chairman’s dental service project in the rural areas of his country.

PFA Foundation

The PFA Foundation grant process for Sections was discussed. Though a “fast track” grant application had been developed for Section Chairs to use that was easier to complete than the regular form, many Sections had not applied for any grants. Of those who had, some have applied for several and often were rewarded.

Some restrictions were placed on Section grants, such as that the project needs to be sponsored by the Section and a majority of those participating had to be PFA members. This was to avoid a good cause from getting around the formal paperwork and project reporting by applying through the Section Chair.

They suggested that such projects be reported in Dental World, but as the attending Editor pointed out, such projects have been reported regularly such as the Massachusetts CHIPs Program and the Special Olympic projects sponsored by Kentucky, Connecticut, and other Sections. All they need to do is have an idea for a program, organize it, and apply to Foundation Executive Director Shig Kishi for the Section Chair form. This is no guarantee that their project, if it does not meet the Foundation guidelines, will be accepted, only that it will be considered priority for acceptance above other grant requests.

Section Information Sharing

The Chairs stressed the importance of the Section Chair Caucus held at the annual ADA Session, where many would be attending anyway. Sharing of ideas stimulated other attending Chairs to conceive of projects or events for their Sections.

Editor Brophy also noted that reporting such activities in Dental World stimulated other Chairs not in attendance, or inactive, to think about doing a similar project in their areas.

Chairman Raymond Maddox thanked Editor Brophy for his participation in the Caucus. The general feeling was that everyone benefited from the time spent sharing information and from the discussions.

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Foundation News

President’s Interim Status Report

by Dr. Carl Lundgren, Foundation President

First of all, we still miss Bob Shira, his friendship, and his calm leadership. He has been an inspiration to me and to all of us. He cannot be replaced. But it is up to us to try to continue his legacy with our Foundation in the best manner that we can.

This interim progress report is a new approach to our changing world–one that I think is necessary to cope with a slow economy that is impacting the role of philanthropies, including us. Changing times have resulted in one resolution being offered here for voting by the Foundation Board at this time, before the award judging time arrives.

Revised Grant Evaluation Team Format

Under the direction of Foundation Vice President Fred Halik, some fresh and good changes in procedure are in place. The new onslaught of applications, which has quadrupled, will require a great deal of additional time by all concerned. The Executive Director has routinely, through the years, required that all grant applications provide us with an after-grant review of how the money was spent. In some cases, we do not receive a satisfactory report. Before we will send an application to any organization that we have given a grant to, and we have not received a satisfactory accounting, we will not send them an application form until their satisfactory accounting report is in our hands. In our history, perhaps the most complete report has come from the Costa Rica people regarding the line items relative to the Loader-Espinach Award. Every application must contain their overall budget and a separate line item budget of how they expect to use the money. This way we can evaluate it. Every request will be in competition with the others on an equal basis, according to merit. I do not like to do this, but this year we will need to be much more draconian in our awarding process by cutting down on the individual amounts, rejecting some repeats, and setting aside many of those which are less meritorious than others.

In our grant evaluations, up to now, we have been voting yes, no, or defer. The recommendation to “defer” is no longer a viable choice because of the large number of applications that we now have to process. And such is the new resolution.

Board Consideration Changes

Each year, as conditions change and we mature, we find ourselves making adjustments in our format for grant evaluations. This year, we will be considering some additional changes, which will be reported to you if accepted by the Foundation Board.

Fund Raising Perspectives

All organizations’ fundraising programs have experienced the same problem—sharply diminished returns. The Academy’s dues connected Foundation donation collections are down. Major donors have pulled in their horns to save the bottom line. Dental philanthropies are all going after the same donor pool. We have a lack of manpower and resources to conduct a full-scale fund-raising effort, but a limited effort is indicated.

Investment Strategy

The PFA Foundation continues to function very well. We rank very high in assets among the world’s dental philanthropies. The investment program that was developed in 1994 will continue strongly for many years to come. Most of the money returns are over 7.5%, with the overall return exceeding 6%. Starting out with a little over $5 million in 1994, the total market value now exceeds $7.3 million, even though we have given away $2.25 million in the last seven years. There is no investment program on the horizon that begins to rival what we have achieved. Our income is guaranteed with virtually no effort and no overhead that would require continually shifting portfolios. By comparison, many other charities have suffered crippling stock market losses over the last four years. Our Executive Director and our Treasurer function very thoroughly and professionally. We have one part-time employee, while other organizations have several paid people and a rented office. Our last year’s ratio of operating expenses to total budget was a very respectable 23%. We are quite frugal, because any dollar frivolously spent by the Foundation or by the Academy takes away funding from some painful mouth. We need to look scrupulously at every figure. We take our fiduciary responsibility very seriously to carry out the legacy of Dr. Brenes-Espinach.

Keep in mind that our 2003 budget includes what we awarded to the Academy last Fall. We pay that grant in the year following the Autumn Meeting. Therefore, the Academy grant shows up in the 2003 budget. This arrangement can be changed if the Foundation Board wants to, by directing that the payment be made in the same year as it is awarded. What that would do is give us more flexibility as we approach the total grants package budget each year.

Budget vs. Huge Requests
for Awards This Year

In 1994, when we originally set up the Foundation enlarged format, we decided to devote a third of the grants to dental scholarships and two thirds to service projects. That resulted in 81 scholarships of about $1200 each. The requests for “grants-at-large” awards were very modest, so we increased the scholarship awards to $1500 each. And the overall balance of requests permitted it.

In 2001, the requests and the awards came out reasonably even after the September 11, 2001, disasters. In that year, we had a large carryover.

In 2002, the ADA News gave us no publicity at all, so the demand on our funds was low. So the awards came out about even.

In 2003, the situation drastically changed. The publicity in the ADA News had an unfortunate title applied by their staff. It read “Pierre Fauchard Grants for the Taking.” We now see the specter of our requests having increased fourfold to over 140 petitions for applications, eight of them being from PFA Sections. This will sorely test our Grant Evaluation Team. The Foundation Board will also be challenged in a way never before seen by us. It is easy to foresee that in subsequent years there will be an exponential increasing number of requests as we become better known. Each year, we consider and change some of our format and this year is no exception.

In 2001, the ADA Foundation’s Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health Grant Program awarded a total of $136,425. There were 29 awards with the maximum award being $5000. Some of the grant seekers were awarded less. Their awards were supported by a variety of dental manufacturers. This year, there are already an astounding 300 applications. That means that for every successful applicant, nine will get turned down. And their committee must judge every one of them! With hard times, the application pool has expanded rapidly and will probably increase continually.

President’s Interim Status Report...

Waiting List

A couple years ago, the Foundation Board voted to have a maximum of 14 Board Members (past PFA Presidents). This was decided in order to keep our overhead down and to keep the Board size manageable. This has resulted in the formation of a waiting list consisting of a pool of past PFA Presidents waiting to serve on the Foundation Board. Currently, there is one name on the list.

Costa Rica

As you know, we recently completely freed ourselves from any involvement with property that had belonged to Dr. Brenes-Espinach. Everything has been cashed out, legally completed. We need not be further concerned with that part of the will.

We have finally been successful in keeping the separation of the Loader-Espinach Award, as well as any other grants to them, despite the previous co-mingling. Our Board approved a separate grant to be paid over time for the upgrading of the previously supported multimedia system. After some delay on their part, they signed off on the contract agreement for this year’s initial new commitment. We sent them $20,000 in March of 2003.

Web Page

The PFA Web page is now among the most outstanding of all the dental organizations. The Academy Central Office has the capability of keeping very current with changes as they occur. Great care must be taken by the Academy to make additions only where it will be cost effective. Dental World is giving publicity to all Sections that take the trouble to send in material. This is published on our Web site.

Calendar 2003

18 September - Australasia Section Breakfast Meeting, Skyline Terrace Convention Centre, 7 a.m., Sydney
18-21 September - 91st FDI World Congress, Sydney, Australia
24-27 September - New Orleans Dental Conference, New Orleans
11 October - 34th Annual Meeting of the Japan Section, Shizouka City, Japan
23 October - ACD Convocation
24 October - ICD Convocation
23-26 October - PFA Annual Board & Foundation Meeting, San Francisco
24 October - PFA Board Meeting
25 October - PFA Awards Luncheon, Presidents Reception Foundation Board Meeting: morning and afternoon session
26 October - Foundation Board Meeting: morning session
PFA Board Meeting: afternoon session
Academy Dinner Party
25-29 October - 144th ADA Session, San Francisco

(Have your PFA Event date put here. E-mail Editor Brophy at PFADWJMB@aol.com)

From the desk of the Executive Director…

by Dr. Shigeo Ryan Kishi

As of the Foundation’s 2 June 2003 deadline for grant applications, we have received 70 for consideration this year. In 2002, we had received 38. This year, there were an unprecedented 150 requests for applications compared with last year’s high of 93 requests. Only eight were from Section Chairs. To reinforce Foundation President Carl Lundgren’s comments, there is much work to be done this year at our annual meeting in San Francisco. We have already begun the process.

The Foundation Board has approved a new grant application from the Costa Rica School of Dentistry to maintain and support the Data Processing Center Video Unit in the amount of $37,500 over the next four years, subject to the proper legal and Foundation documents being filed in a timely manner.

The Loader-Espinach Prize funded every year at $7500 was decided to be presented every other year, based on the Costa Rica Section’s response that $15,000 was excessive for doing it every other year, rather than every year. The next Award will be in 2004.

Donations made on behalf of Dr. Robert B. Shira have reached over $7870.

Letters to the Deans of the Dental Schools were sent out requesting that they submit the name of the student they select to receive the PFA Foundation Scholarship Award by the 1 May 2003 deadline. Four schools have not responded: the University of Colorado School of Dentistry, the Howard University College of Dentistry (which did not respond last year), the University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry (which did not respond last year), and the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. Non-U.S. dental schools not responding by the deadline were Costa Rica, Mexico, Israel, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Korea, Ireland, Philippines, Spain, Uruguay, Taiwan, and Italy.

The Foundation Executive Committee declined the request of the National Museum of Dentistry for $50,000 to fund a one-year exhibit honoring Dr. Robert Shira.

The Academy members’ donations to the Foundation for 2003 stand at $19,740.

The Executive Committee approved a three-year payment for its dishonesty insurance policy through Travelers Insurance Company. This was done to insure that the annual premium would remain at today’s rate. The officers and directors insurance policy will renew on 27 May 2003.

Treasurer George Higue has sent out the 2002 Financial Report of 57 pages itemizing every transaction the Foundation had last year to the Board.

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L-R: Dean Boy-Lefevre, Emilie Huguet, Chair Hubert Ouvrard, and Trustee Pierre Marois

Foundation Section News

France

International PFA Trustee Pierre Marois presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to the University of Paris 7 Dental School student Emilie Huguet with French Chairman Hubert Ouvrard, Dental School Dean Marie-Laure Boy-Lefevre. Emilie Huguet was chosen for her high scholarship and her activity in organizing school events and congresses. She was the student representative to the Faculty Board and was a leader in the National Association of Students in dental Surgery.

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L-R: seated Secretary/Treasurer T. Samraj, Chief Guest Jean-Marie LaFont, Section Chair Asha Verma, and Dr. R. K. Bali, President of the Dental Council of India, with the student scholarship winners standing with Editor V. P. Jalili on right
India

Chair Asha Verma hosted their annual induction meeting with all their officers present.

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L-R: Dean Emeritus Judson Klooster presenting notification to Elizabeth Park
United States
California

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry’s Awards Committee Secretary LaDean Gregg reports presenting the Foundation Scholarship to Elizabeth Park by Dean Charles J. Goodacre. PFA Fellow, Dean Emeritus Judson Klooster first presented Elizabeth with notification of her selection in the Awards Chapel.

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Scholarship recipient Rhoda Joiner being assisted by PFA Fellow Jim Reyneirson, with Fellow Richard Weinman in background
Georgia

Chair Karyn Stockwell planned an outstanding event of such varied dental activities that the Leadership Weekend was a microcosm of all of dentistry. Using a three-chaired mobile dental clinic, the Georgia Section kicked off “Give Kids a Smile” with PFA fellows participating, including MCG senior dental student Rhoda Joiner, who was our PFA Foundation Scholarship Award recipient.

llinois

Past PFA President William Kort attended the Honors Day Program at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry to present the PFA Student Awards.

The PFA Senior Certificate was presented to Greg Schardt, who has been accepted into the University of Illinois’ orthodontic program. Greg’s father is on the faculty there, and Dr. Kort greeted both of them at the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dinner that evening.

The Foundation Scholarship Award was presented to Reshma Dhake, Class President, by PFA past President William Kort.

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L-R: Recipient Kristin Fornander with Dean John Reinhardt
Nebraska

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry’s Assistant Dean for Student Affairs M. L. Pudwill sent a letter thanking the Academy and the Foundation for the opportunity to participate in the Dental Student Scholarship Program. Dean John W. Reinhardt presented the Foundation Scholarship to Kristin Fornander at their 17th annual Professionals’ Day Awards Ceremony last March. The PFA Scholarship Award was prominently listed in their program.

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L-R: Committee Judge Dr. John Tabak, Dr. Ivan Moldauer, Trustee Bernardo Levit, and Dr. Samuel Dorn, President of the American Association of Endodontists

Section News

Argentina

PFA International Trustee Bernardo Levit and PFA Fellow Ivan Moldauer presented a table clinic at the Miami Winter Meeting and Dental Expo. Their work titled “A Comprehensive Approach for the Treatment of Halitosis” was awarded first prize for demonstrating a new method for the treatment of this condition. The monetary award that was presented to the doctors was donated to the PFA Foundation.

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L-R: Dean Diampo Lim, PFA Trustee Mamoru Sakuda, Vice Chair Hermogenes P. Villareal
Philippines

Chair Diampo Lim hosted their annual Convocation Dinner in conjunction with the 94th Philippine Dental Association annual meeting.

Guatemala

Chairman Bertram Moldauer hosted an Induction Ceremony to bring in two new Fellows into the Academy.

New Fellow Dr. Roberto Wehncke is the Director of Oral Health for the Department of Sacatepequez (Guatemala). Dr. Wehncke discussed plans for the construction of a new dental facility to provide basic services for the San Miguel Duenas community in Antigua.

New Fellow Dr. Garrick Morales Bravetti is the General Manager and owner of GMB Industries of Guatemala, which is dedicated primarily to the import and export of dental materials into Central America. Dr. Morales has sponsored several dental missions to El Estor, a Guatemalan province in the Department of Izabal.

Associate Professor Cecilia Campoverde, Director of the Guatemala Project for the Department of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, thanked the Academy and Chairman Bertram Moldauer on behalf of the people of El Triunfo, Guatemala, for organizing a dental mission at their one-room clinic. The people of El Triunfo are working with “Transport,” an organization that offers free transportation of donated goods to Guatemala.

Australasia

Trustee William Winspear and PFA President-elect Kevin Roach will be attending the FDI Congress in Sydney this September and will officiate at their Academy Breakfast on Thursday, 18 September, in the Skyline Terrace at the Sydney Convention Centre. The breakfast will commence at 7 A.M. until 8:30 to induct some 25 new Fellows. The cost is AUD$40. For more information e-mail Dr. Mark Sinclair at MarkSin@ix.net.au

Canada

President-elect Kevin Roach and Canadian Trustee Barry Dolman hosted their annual Induction Ceremony for new Fellows on Saturday, 24 May 2003, at the historic Jasper Park Lodge, located in a UNESCO World Heritage site in Alberta, Canada. PFA President Gary Lowder and Dr. Tom Brenneman, Western Canada PFA Chair and CDA President, also presided over the installation of some 27 new Fellows.

Installed were Drs. Harry Ames, Monty Audenart, Col. Scott Alan Becker, Ron Bell, Jean Bodnar, James Bonar, Hugh Campbell, Peter Degiacomo, Jan Doyle, John Gryfe, Wayne Halstrom, Nelson Hui, Gord Johnson, Randy Lang, Shawn Lee, Marjorie MacDonald, Vipin Mithia, Thomas O’Brien, Donald Russel, John Scott, Keith Snelgrove, Leon Stein, Bryan Tompson, Robert Turnbull, Jeffret Williams, Gordon Wong, and Maurice Wong.

Dr George Peacock from Regina, Saskatoon, current Registrar of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatoon, was honored with Canada’s PFA Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Perry Trester from Vancouver, British Columbia, past President of the British Columbia Dental Association, past member of the Canadian Dental Association Board of Governors and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon educator, was honored with Canada’s PFA Distinguished Service Award.

Also attending were Canadian Dental Association past Presidents George Sweetnam, Richard Sandilands, Bryun Sigfstead, along with CDA President-elect Louis Dube, JCDA Editor John O’Keefe, British Columbia PFA Section Chair Evelyn McNee, Atlantic Chair Gary MacDonald, Ontario Chair Aldo Boccia, and PFA Fellow James Richardson, President of the Academy of General Dentistry.

The Pfizer Consumer Healthcare helped to sponsor the event and provided additional material support along with contributions from Drs. E. J. Rajczak, R. V. Glover, Don Bonang, W. Beaton, Scott Noprquay, Ron Smith, Don Allan, S. Fremeth, Wayne Barro, Chantal Charest, Alex Lieblich, Jim Brass, Robert Carmichael, W. MacPhee, Marguerite Neelands, Cary Letkemann, Greg Homenick, J. L. Hornibrook, E. Ambrose, Donald Butler, Lionel Hastings, A. Camarda, Norman Roy, F. A. Irwin, Melanie Wood, V. B. Shaffner, David Psutka, R. Wainwright, Mel Hawkins, R. F. Evans, Arlene Dagys, R. Odland and Elgin Thompson.

Fellow Diane Legault of Quebec was elected to the Quebec National Assembly.

United States
South Carolina

Past President-elect Gordan B. Stine has received another honor by his inclusion in the 2003-2004 edition of America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, which is a national registry of worldwide decision makers that recognizes professionals who have achieved outstanding success in their respective fields of endeavor.

Tennessee

Chairman Reuben Pelot held their annual luncheon meeting during the Tennessee Dental Association’s annual session. Some 40 Fellows and guests were in attendance to honor Dr. Robert B. Alley with their Outstanding Dentist of the Year Award.

Tell us what your Section is doing! Submit Section news items and photographs (preferably in black-and-white) to Dental World Editor Jim Brophy. His contact information appears in the Officers box on the last page.

California, Southern Section

Trustee Charles Eller hosted their 33rd annual Awards Luncheon and Convocation last April in Anaheim during the California Dental Association’s annual Spring Session. President Gary Lowder attended.

The Section’s Pierre Fauchard Honor Plaque Award was presented to honor Dr. Richard A. Simms, who earned his dental degree from Howard University in 1953 and his masters degree in orthodontics from Loma Linda University, where he became a Professor in orthodontics. Dr. Simms has served as 1st Vice President for the ADA as well as on numerous ADA Boards and Councils. The California Association of Orthodontics elected him President as well as Editor for their publications. He also has served 13 years on the Board of Trustees for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and for Art Museums at Long Beach and UCLA. He is a Fellow of ICD, ACD, and OKU.

Thirteen new Fellows were inducted at that convocation—Drs. Oded Bahat of Beverly Hills, Alex Chan of Cerritos, Ernestina Avalos-Figueroa of Aliso Viejo, James F. Flores of Newport Beach, Arthur T. Forrest of Chino, Ronald D. Robin of North Hollywood, Robert Rosenfeld of Solana Beach, Abdol Semeni of Los Angeles, Ronald G. Shrader of Riverside, Richard G. Stevenson III of Valencia, Mark Taira of Los Angeles, Robert Bruce Walter of Redlands, and Ting-Wey Yen of Long Beach.

Dr. Roger S. Kingston gave a presentation on “The Foundation Grants in Action.”

The 2003 Foundation Scholarship Awards were presented to Elizabeth Park of Loma Linda University, Alan Tang of UCLA, and Kimberly Foon of USC. Teachers of the Year Awards were presented to Drs. Mike Fitzpatrick and Mike Francis of Loma Linda, to Dr. Russell Nishimura of UCLA, and to Dr. Leslie M. Kaneko of USC.

The 2002 Grant Awards were acknowledged as the Roybal-Allard Children’s Dental Center of East Los Angeles operated by Dr. Naomi L. Bement, the Valley Community Clinic of North Hollywood, MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) POCOIMA operated under Dr. David Campbell, St. Leo’s Medical-Dental Clinic of North San Diego operated by Drs Bobbitt and Roger Kingston, and the Thousand Smiles Cranio Facial Surgery & Dental Care Mission operated by Drs. Tanaka and Jim Vernetti.

The Section Officers are Chairman Charles Eller, Vice Chairman Hans S. Sjoren, past Chairman Steven Ferriot, and Editor William L. Mihram.

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Seated L-R: ADA President T. Howard Jones, PFA President Gary Lowder, PFA Trustee Robert Hart with new Fellows
Georgia

Chair Karyn Stockwell hosted their First Annual Leadership Conference and Convocation Weekend at the Ritz Reynolds Plantation “Where new traditions are created” in Greensboro. A half-day continuing education program was given by Louan Lowder called “The Ladder—Stepping Up Professionally and Personally.” Saturday evening’s dinner highlight was the presentation by PFA President Gary Lowder of the PFA President’s Award to ADA President T. Howard Jones.

President Lowder and Trustee Robert Hart assisted in investing 23 new Fellows—Drs. Frank Caughman, William Clance, Jr., Jonathan Dubin, David Fagundes, Shirley Fisher, Greg Goggans, Joe Hair, Wayne Herman, Kathy Huber, Wiulliam Miller, Logan Nalley, Jr., Michael Pruett, Matthew Smith, Jr., James Talbot, Robert Towe, Robert Vaught, Richard Weinman, Russell Wright, Bert Yeargan, and Michael Yurgalavage.

Last March, Chair Karyn Stockwell hosted their annual Breakfast Meeting at the Hinman Dental Meeting where along with past Chairman Lee Hawkins they inducted three new members.

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L-R: New Fellows Gary Stough, Dan Patterson, and Jack Newman with Section Chair Karyn Stockwell

Also welcomed were PFA visitors Drs. Debbie Juruaz and Marybeth Shaffer from Ohio, Carroll Player from South Carolina, and United Kingdom Section Chair Rash Patel.

Georgia Chair Karyn Stockwell has set a new level for outstanding activity on behalf of the Academy and her Section.

Pennsylvania

Past PFA president Nicholas Saccone calls our attention to the election of Fellow Charles Weber as President-elect of the Pennsylvania Dental Association. Dr. Weber has served as President of the Dental Society of Chester and Delaware Counties, of the Second District Valley Forge Dental Association, and ADA Delegate from Pennsylvania, among his many other offices and chairs. He is also Chief of Dental Staff for the Chester County Hospital and a Fellow in PFA and ICD.

Illinois

Section Chair Chris Baboulos co-hosted their annual Luncheon Meeting at McCormick Place last March in Chicago with ICD and ACD during the 138th annual MidWinter Meeting of the Chicago Dental Society.

Immediate Calendar Updates

Your event can be placed on our PFA Web site under the calendar of events. Send your detailed information to Mark Stanley at Marks@4insight.com or call the Central Office for details.

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L-R: Dr. Dennis Sherman with patient and Rollo the Clown
Massachusetts

Chairman Norman Becker states that their Section’s sponsored program “Toothprints” has become an overwhelming success. In this CHIP program, children simply bite into a wafer designed to register their bite in the event of some future tragedy. Drs. Dennis Sherman and Joseph DiMartinis have joined with Rollo the Clown and McGruff, the “take the bite out of crime” dog to register Massachusetts’ children in this project.

Dr. Ray Rawson, forensic dental pathologist for Las Vegas, had noted in his PFA lecture tour in Europe several years ago how important bite registrations are in solving such crimes where bite marks are found. More and more prominence is given to dentistry in identifying postmortem individuals and in crimes where unique tooth patterns are discovered and recorded.

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L-R: Chair Francis Cavlovic, student awardees Andrew Dreyer, Jennifer Enos, Kristin Fornander, Marty Killian, and Drs. Mike Pudwill and Gary Westerman
Nebraska

PFA Section Secretary/Treasurer Gary Westerman announced hosting their annual Luncheon Meeting with Section Chair Francis J. Cavlovic presiding on Friday 25 April during the 135th annual Session of the Nebraska Dental Association. New Fellows inducted were Drs. John Ahlschwede of Central City, Sandra S. Larson of Lincoln, Scott L. Morrison of Omaha, James P. Murphy of Norfolk, Jerrold A. Remmenga of Elwood, Bob Roesch of Fremont, and George H. Schlothauer of Gering.

Guests attending were Drs. Bob Arnold from Watertown, South Dakota, Larry Gjerstad from Minot, North Dakota, and Kathryn Kell from Davenport, Iowa.

The Foundation Scholarship Awards were also presented to Creighton University Medical Center School of Dentistry’s Jennifer Enos and to UNMC School of Dentistry’s Marty Killen. The PFA Senior Student Awards were presented to Creighton’s Andrew Dreyer and to UNMC’s Kristin Fornander.

Chairman Francis Cavlovic giving the Invocation mentioned the great contribution of the late Dr. Robert Shira. He also noted that we keep Dr. Benton Kutler in our prayers.

The current membership is 45 active Fellows. The Membership Committee consists of Drs. Francis Cavlovic, Roger Gerstner, and Gary Westerman.

Soft Drinks Beverage of Choice for Teens

by the North American Academy of General Dentistry

In prior generations, soft drinks, soda pop, colas—whatever you called them—were reserved for a treat. In today’s society, this is not the case for teenagers. They cannot escape the onslaught of a $60 billion-a-year marketing campaign, soft drink machines everywhere, and consumption messages that entice an implied value in their consumption. Many schools across the United States and Canada have placed soft drink machines near their cafeterias as a drink alternative to wholesome dairy products. True, many contain fruit juices fortified with vitamins … and sugar.

Schools have succumbed to this for the added revenue and due to teen demand. The machines outside the locked lunchrooms assure access by the students before and after school classes. This has made these sugar and acid containing beverages the drink of choice. Remember when the water fountain was the only choice?

Soft drinks by teens have increased 1100% over the past 20 years. Dairy purchases by teens have decreased by 30% over the same time.

While the largest risk of consuming too many soft drinks is still tooth decay, we are now learning that osteoporosis, obesity, and diabetes also head the list of concerns to a teenager’s fast-paced lifestyle. Fifteen percent of American adolescents, ages 6 to 19, are overweight. Being overweight puts teens at an increased risk of hypertension and elevated cholesterol leading to heart disease, type II diabetes, osteoporosis and tooth erosion. This is an important link between one’s oral condition and one’s overall health.

Check this out yourself. Read the ingredients on the soft drink cans. Coke contains “high fructose, corn syrup, sucrose, phosphoric acid, and caffeine.” Dr. Pepper has the same contents. Pepsi’s Mist also has “citric acid, potassium citrate, ascorbic acid, and calcium disodium EDTA.” Coke’s Sprite has “high fructose, corn syrup and/or sucrose, citric acid and sodium citrate.” 7 Up’s Hawaiian Punch contains “less than 2% juice” but “high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, ascorbic acid and sugar.”

Several parent organizations have begun to realize that such availability of these products means less control they have over a child’s nutritional diet. Their ready availability at institutions of learning gives an implied approval, even competition to the school’s own cafeteria’s planned food offerings by their dieticians. These parent groups are demanding the removal of such machines from their area schools with some success.

As health professionals, we have an excellent opportunity to get involved. Talk to the local PTAs about your concerns. The American Academy of General Dentistry will work with you on preparing an oral health story. Contact their Public Relations Manager Susan Urbanczyk at 312/440-4308 or online at Susanu@AGD.org for more information.

This is a simple project that can be handled by a single dentist for the good of a great many in their formative years. That is what our profession is about.

5. September - October

I recall opening my Dental World articles with “An Attitude of Gratitude” theme as I looked forward to the opportunity of serving as President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. This past year has added greatly to my awareness of the tremendous dedication and commitment to the vision of the Academy that is so richly held by its leadership and Fellows.

I now conclude my year as President of the Academy with an “expanded” Attitude of Gratitude.

I am grateful for all the Section Chairs who presented annual awards meetings recognizing the outstanding contributions of existing Fellows and inducting many new Fellows who had qualified themselves through their dedication and contributions to the dental profession. I am grateful for the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees for faithfully leading the progress of the Academy forward as they completed their assignments to strengthen the Academy’s purpose and vision in their respective Regions of the world and to fulfill their specific assignments for the Academy. I am grateful for the Foundation of the Academy and their faithful dedication to processing the flood of new grant applications, which numbered almost three times what they have been in the past.

Special recognition is due the Foundation’s Executive Director, Dr. Shig Ryan Kishi, for his tireless efforts so ably given in the past and so aptly given now at tremendous personal sacrifice.

I am grateful for the work of the standing committees of the Academy whose efforts have created the presence of the Pierre Fauchard bust and informational kiosk at the ADA Headquarters Library (Dr. Ray Klein, Hall of Fame Committee Chair), the revision of the Academy’s Constitution and Bylaws with legal review (Dr. Mike Perpich, Constitution and Bylaws Committee Chair), the budgetary reconciliation to a status of current and projected annual financial stability (Dr. Kevin Roach, Budget and Finance Committee Chair), the nominations and presentations of the annual awards of the Academy, which included the Elmer S. Best Memorial Award honoring Dr. Gunnar E. Carlsson of Sweden and the Pierre Fauchard Gold Medal honoring Dr. Harald Loe, former Director of the National Institute of Dental Research (Dr. James Englander, Awards Committee Chair),
and the continued stabilizing service of the other standing committees and chairs whose efforts assure the success and excellence of the Academy.

I am grateful for the leadership and dedication of our Executive Director, Dr. Richard Kozal, and his wife Judith—who are known and loved worldwide for their service to the Academy. As a result of their enthusiasm and dedication, the day-to-day functions of the Academy roll forward providing countless services of the Academy to the Fellows in all Sections throughout the world. Also, Richard has led the way, with the assistance of the Academy Webmaster Mark Stanley, toward upgrading our premier Web site, www.fauchard.org with reproductions of the Academy’s new brochure, multi-lingual translations of Academy literature, and Web site information, historical articles, and the inclusion of individual Section web page capability.

I am grateful for our Editor, who assimilates and prepares all of the information submitted from all over the world to create the Dental World insert to Dental Abstracts for publication and mailing internationally and for reproduction on the Academy Web site.

It seems to me that this “Attitude of Gratitude” thing is both infectious and contagious. Once infected by the feeling it creates, the carrier possesses the ability to turn tiring tasks into tremendous blessings. When it spreads to others, both the carrier and the recipient who experience the hard work, dedication, and service, become joyful. The rewards are satisfying, and ever present in countless ways. Once infected, there are no recommended cures. In fact, it becomes the cure for many other life ailments, which obscure our vision of being all that we were created to be in whatever endeavor. Excellence and success are then the natural consequences of a life filled with gratitude.

I thank you all, most sincerely, for your support and for being the great leaders and professionals that I know you are.

Gary Lowder, DDS

President

Dr. Shigeo Ryan Kishi Succumbs to Cancer

On 15 August, at 1:30 a.m. PDT, our great friend, a PFA past Academy President, the Foundation Executive Director, slipped away in his long dark fight against the cancer that had ravaged his body for more than a year. Never the one to complain, he fought the disease daily as he carried out his duties.

For those of us who knew this great man from his actions, and not just his laurels, Dr. Shig Kishi was an outstanding contributor to his profession and to the Academy/Foundation particularly.

He graduated with honors from USC’s School of Dentistry in 1969 and had been elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. As an undergraduate, he was awarded the first Fellowship from the National Science Foundation for cancer research. In 1991, he returned to USC to do a postdoctoral study in clinical and theoretical applications of computers in dentistry. This knowledge he also applied to the Academy as well as serving USC as a clinical Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Imaging. He maintained a faculty relationship with USC as a clinical Assistant Professor in Restorative Dentistry.

Dr. Kishi maintained a dental practice since 1969 and served as Expert Dental Consultant for the California Board of Dental Examiners. He was Chairman of the Peer Review Panel of the Orange County Dental Society, as well as being an active member of the Society’s Ethics Committee.

Dr. Kishi was Deputy Executive Director and Secretary for the Academy of Dentistry International (ADI). He was a member of the California Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Sessions, USC’s Jones Gold Foil and Cast Gold Study Club, USC’s Century Club Board of Directors, and served on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Section of the American College of Dentists (ACD).

He was an Associate Member of the Chicago Dental Society, a USC Golden Life Member, a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, the International Academy of Gnathology, the American Prosthodontic Society, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the Newport Harbor Academy of Dentistry, the International Academy of Computers in Clinical Dentistry, the Federation Dentaire Internationale (FDI), as well as the ADA and the California Dental Association.

Dr. Kishi’s honors and awards were as numerous as were his activities. He received the 1998 Conseil National de l’Ordre des Chirurgien-Dentistes Gold Medal. He was a Fellow in PFA, ACD, ICD, AGD, and ADI.

Shig co-authored the book Legacy, which is still available from PFA, which highlighted professional success and dental leadership qualities.

Dr. Kishi’s activity in our Pierre Fauchard Academy started as Chairman of the Southern California Section, then served a term as International Trustee from Region V (Western USA). He was elected to serve as Academy President for 1997-1998. Many consider this a turning point in the Academy’s progress to attain international leadership status with the other dental honor societies.

Under Dr. Kishi’s leadership, his background in computers permitted him to upgrade the Central Office system (which has continued even today), to computerize the production of Dental World (which had been done entirely by typewriter/galley sheets until that time), and to use his own skills later to computerize the PFA Foundation. These were major innovations for their time. Under Shig’s able leadership, the Pierre Fauchard Academy established a Web site for the Academy that created an instant link with members from all over the world directly to the Central Office and to the Academy publications.

During his PFA officerships, he realized the importance of actually having the officers, on all levels, get out to the different Sections personally to make contact with the Academy Fellows. He instituted more travel for the Central Office staff and directed the Dental World staff to cover important events on site, so as to establish a continuing personal relationship with international Fellows and their international publications. These far-reaching changes, still in effect today, have enhanced the status of the Academy globally and have made maximum usage of their ongoing area leaderships in representing the Academy. The Academy staffs provide the familiar contact (and background history) during far-flung visitations in introducing the changing officers from year-to-year to the many hard working Section Chairs around the world. Shig also suggested to such travelers to undertake cultural studies of the various countries that PFA serves.

It was under Dr. Kishi’s initial duty as incoming President, with outgoing President C. F. Larry Barrett, that the U.S. venue for the International Dental Hall of Fame was established at the Samuel Harris National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore. Drs. Kishi and Barrett lead a delegation of contributing PFA International Officers to Baltimore (in three buses from Washington, DC) to formally establish our Wall of Fame on the Museum’s third floor.

That year of Dr. Kishi’s leadership was one of tremendous activity for PFA. He initiated the European Tour of active Sections to encourage their full development. He was a large influence for our first International Continuing Education Course in London. He commenced the staff training in bringing them along and had many of the events videotaped for the first time for our archives, a feature that has been continued to this day. He made the site of our the Wall of Fame at the Paris Conseil National de L’Ordre des Chirurgien-Dentistes a place of formal PFA ceremonies, presenting the Elmer Best Award at the site. He attended the huge Japan Section Meeting on our behalf.

Shig was one of the major supporters of moving our PFA Central Office to Las Vegas to become established in a teaching institute. This was accomplished during his term of office.

All the while, he did double duty as Executive Director for the Foundation in helping to establish its priorities, grants programs, and dental school scholarships under the late General Robert Shira.

Dr. Sigeo Ryan Kishi was a quiet man complemented by his wonderfully supportive wife Emily. What words he had to say were precise and cutting to the core of the situation. He had the ability to sort through the rhetoric, to get to the heart of the problem, then address the major concern to arrive at a solution. His logic was so exacting that all debate was eliminated as his conclusion became evident to all.

This was Dr. Kishi’s personal battle against cancer. He did not want sympathy or to show any weakness. Part of his fight against the forces attacking him was to do his many jobs just as capably as always, right up to the day he left for the hospital.

We can close such a eulogy with the following wisdom—”the faults of our friends we write upon the sand, their virtues upon stone tablets of love and memory.” But the spirit of Shig will still be with us all. He had some things he wanted to see finished and he will finish them.

Memorial Services were held on 23 August at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a donation be made in his name to the Foundation’s Shig Kishi Memorial Fund. Send the check to PFA, P.O. Box 80330, Las Vegas, NV 89180-0330.


The President’s Journey

Being PFA President is more than a trek through time. At the Annual Awards Luncheon, a Fellow takes the oath of office and then about a year later relinquishes the gavel at the Sunday evening closing dinner. Between those dates, the President travels through time and space in guiding the Academy, establishing policy, and carrying out the wishes of the Board. But the position entails more than simply sitting in the chair at the head of the table. One of the most important functions that any leader can perform is to actually go to his Section Chairs personally, visit their home territories, and listen to their successes and problems. This is often not considered by the membership, yet it is so appreciated by those with whom our President spends valuable time.

The President naturally needs to concentrate on why some Sections are not carrying out any service projects, annual meetings, or membership recruitment. Those are areas of our international organization that need fixing. A visit to such Sections is sometimes no more than a dinner meeting with the leadership to solve problems and offer help from the international officers to get started with a public service project, scholarships, and regular functions.

Then there are those Sections that are doing an outstanding job on all levels. They are thriving and having a good time doing worthwhile activities. You see their efforts published in every issue in Section News. And, while it would be simple for the President to skip these Sections who do not need any help, it is as important, if not more so, to attend their functions to demonstrate the Academy support, encouragement, and the President’s personal appreciation for the efforts on behalf of our profession. They deserve the attention and have earned it.

In between, there are Sections that limp along, or do a few projects that get attention, but lack enthusiasm or consistency in leadership. A visit from the President shows that we are concerned about their causes. How can we help?

Being an international organization, our areas of interest are worldwide. The President cannot simply be at all points of the compass during the year. So Trustees, past Presidents, even Section Chairs, and Academy/Foundation officers help to fill in the voids.
They keep in contact with the Sections, offer help, do visitations, get reports in to the international Board so they are kept informed of problems as well as the successes, and to offer solutions or help where they can.

The Academy is not an island. Each Section, each country, each State, has different and unique situations they must face within the profession, with their governments, and with the economy. The International Officers must take these all into consideration. But most essential is communication. For this reason, we have a maintained staff at the Central Office, the publishing Office, and the Foundation Headquarters to provide assistance. This staff has served many faithful years and faced many of the problems that are brought to them. If it is not within their realm, the staff can get it to the proper area for solution. That is the importance of the continuity of our staff members—Secretary/ Treasurer Richard Kozal, Foundation Executive Director Shig Ryan Kishi, and Editor Jim Brophy along with their wives and office helpers.

The key to keeping this fine instrument running well is the President at the top working with the Officers, staff, Section Chairs, the Fellows, and even the public. Thus, the President represents the Academy as a figurehead and as chief activist. Part of that active role is taking time from their offices, from their lives, away from their family to go out into the world and touch as many of our members as possible.

These trips are scheduled very carefully to try to be in different parts of the world over years to accomplish the goal of meeting with the distant Sections on as best a rotating basis as possible that financially can be done on behalf of the Academy.

This year it was the President’s duty to attend to our Fellows in Europe, one of our largest areas of membership. And accomplish this task President Gary Lowder did with distinction and class.

PFA Leadership Helps Plan 2004 South India Tour

Past UK Chair Dr. Raj Rayan has been instrumental in planning a major tour with the Dental Association Group for 23 January to 3 February 2004, to south India and Sri Lanka. But earlier provisions can be made to attend the 58th Indian Dental Conference in Vijayawada, India, 22-25 January 2004.

58th India Dental Conference
Vijayawada is the capital of Andhra Pradesh located on the banks of the Krishna River. The theme of the dental conference is “Dentistry: Changes and Challenges.” More than 200 scientific and general interest programs are being offered with a dozen “hands-on” workshops. The preconference courses start on 20 January, registration is on 22 January, and the conference closes on 25 January.
British Dental Association Group Tour

The tour itself will arrive in Bangalore, India, on 24 January, tour the historic sites of Belur, Halebid, and Mysore on 27 January, then an afternoon tour to historic Srirangapatnam on the 28th, then on to
Trivandrum just south of Thiruvananthapuram with a tour of Hindu Vedantaa on the 30th, Kovalam Beach on the 31st, and a trip to Cape Comorin on 1 February with an evening dinner at the Kerala Village. The following day, the participants will fly to Colombo, Sri Lanka, for an evening conference with the Sri Lanka College of Practitioners. On 3 February, they will leave to return to London by direct flight.

The cost for this tour is £1500 per person sharing accommodations. Any Fellow interested in participating or discovering more information should contact Dr. Rash Patel at Rashthedentist@hotmail.com or Dr. Raj Rayan atRajRayan@compuserve.com.

For further information about the 58th Indian Dental Conference, contact organizing Chairman Dr. C. Krishnarjuna Rao at lkp@58idc.org or visit their Web site at www.58idc.org.

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L-R, Ahila and Raj Rayan, Nora and Rash Patel, Shirley and Jim Brophy, and Loreli and Gary Lowder
United Kingdom

President Gary Lowder with staff Editor Jim Brophy made their first stop in London. We met with Rash Patel, United Kingdom Chairman, and Raja Rayan, the immediate past UK Chair. Over a quiet dinner, we discussed the activities of the Section, its future potential, its past history, and the problems the Section and the profession faced in their country. Even with Margaret Thatcher’s leadership efforts to convert the country from a socialized economy to a capitalistic one, changes have been slow in coming to fruition. While much of the profession is still in the National Health Service struggling to survive, many doctors who opted to practice fee-for-service dentistry are also struggling to make ends meet. This has its effect in recruitment of those professionals struggling. And many successful professionals are taking on the leadership roles to help rebuild the system.

The long discussion of how to solve some of these problems seems to be in good hands with Drs. Patel and Raja, but only tremendous efforts and time will bring the country and our PFA Section back to the prominence it once held when the situation was better. Both promised to make efforts to seek out quality members and are including PFA in many joint activities to continue to keep our name in the forefront of dentistry there.

France

President Gary Lowder and Editor Brophy then chunneled to Paris to meet with International Trustee Pierre Marois and French Section Chair Hubert Ouvrard.

The first evening, President Lowder received the PFA Report on Europe from Trustee Pierre Marois.

The next day, we all attended the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Chirurgien-Dentistes headquarters for a small reception to met the new Conseil President Pierre-Yves Mahe, and to renew our friendship with outgoing President Andrè Robert. President Lowder then placed our latest Hall of Fame plaque for Dr. Gerald Leatherman of England on the International Wall of Fame at our main site for the International Dental Hall of Fame. In the ceremony, Dr. Lowder was accompanied by Trustee Pierre Marois, French Chair Hubert Ouvrard, Conseil President Pierre-Yves Mahe, and immediate past Conseil President Andrè Robert.

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L-R, PFA President Gary Lowder, past Conseil President Andrè Robert, General Secretary Dr. Agnes Veille-Finet, PFA Chair Hubert Ouvrard, Adjunct Secretary Michael Lubin, Trustee Pierre Marois, and Conseil President Pierre-Yves Mahe

Association Bus Social Dentaire

Attending the 18 June outing to see the mobile dental clinic were PFA President Gary Lowder, PFA International Trustee Pierre Marois, Conseil President Pierre-Yves Mahe, immediate past Conseil President Andrè Robert, PFA Section Chair Hubert Ouvrard, PFA Editor Brophy, PFA photographer Shirley Brophy, Conseil General Secretary Dr. Agnes Veille-Finet, Adjoint General Secretary Dr. Michael Lubin, Bus Coordinator Dr. Daniel Kuntz, bus scheduler Katia Saidi, and dental assistant Christelle Cleret.

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L-R, Conseil President Mahe, PFA President Lowder, past Conseil President Robert, General Secretary Veille-Finet, and Trustee Pierre Marois inside the clinic

The dignitaries were taken on a tour of this new bus, which was an exceptional example of a touring dental facility. It is one of the finest examples, in fact, of the Foundation’s grant to an ongoing project that has demonstrated our international professional support for the general public. We have our International Trustee Pierre Marois to thank for getting the Foundation involved. We thank then Conseil President Andrè Robert for permitting us to become involved with their project several years ago. And further thanks to the entire staff and PFA Fellows for supporting this genuine
effort of the Academy.

Recognition of our contribution is displayed prominently on the sides of the mobile dental clinic.

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L-R Dr. Dan Kuntz, Assistant Christelle Cleret, President Lowder, Conseil past President Robert, coordinator Katia Saidi
Staff Interviews

Editor Brophy then spent the rest of the afternoon with the bus to interview Dr. Daniel Kuntz and learn the history of the clinic and its current activities. This was not easy to do with both knowing only a little of each other’s languages.

However, photographer Shirley Brophy had better success with English-speaking Dr. Agnes Veille-Finet back at the National Conseil Central Office.

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Conseil President Andrè Robert with Bus II in 2001
The Social Bus

The concept for this project was initiated in 1995 by the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Chirurgiens-Dentistes through Xavier Emmanuelli. In 1996, a reconditioned truck had dental equipment installed and hit the streets of Paris with 110 dentists participating in servicing the poor of Paris. Later that year, de l’Association Bus Social Dentaire (ABSD) was created to operate the scheduling of volunteers, sites, patients, and treatments. At that time, the chief sponsors of this pilot project were l’Ordre National des Chirurgien-Dentistes, la Drass, Hopital sans Frontieres, and in 1997 the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

The demand and use of the bus became so great, along with the general wear and tear on it, that the Conseil needed to outfit a replacement for their first mobile dental clinic. So in 2000, a former medical mobile clinic was purchased and outfitted with dental equipment. With the financial aid of several organizations, including the City of Paris and the Pierre Fauchard Foundation, the clinic began to serve a wider area and a greater number of patients.

With the advancement of dental technology and with the experience of using these “made-over” trucks for dental needs, the Conseil determined it needed an actual dental clinic on wheels. Since the Conseil’s project was firmly established in the community, was well-accepted by everyone, and was serving dental needs far beyond their current resources, the Conseil sought out funding for constructing a mobile dental clinic from the ground up.

This was not an easy task. The streets of Paris are often very small and difficult to negotiate, if even possible, for such a large vehicle. So a standard Paris commercial delivery truck was adopted for the framework of the clinic. This opened larger areas of the city and suburbs up for possible locations. Disability access was insured. Stationary struts were included to stabilize the clinic when parked. The most modern technology was adapted to fit the room and needs of the volunteer dentists. But the mission was accomplished. The new dental clinic is truly equal to the most up-to-date modern dental office. The National Conseil has a right to be proud of their achievement.

In 2003, they accepted delivery of their new mobile dental clinic that actually was designed with every square inch in mind for dental procedures. The new dental bus represents the state-of-the art concepts in dentistry and has expanded its ability to serve the Paris environs.

Due to their ongoing tremendous response to the dental needs of the public, and their established record of service, many organizations helped with financing the newer, sleeker mobile clinic. Along with the original supporters, l’Ordre National des Chirurgien-Dentistes was joined by le Conseil General des Hauts-se-Seine, la DRASS 75, le Conseil Regional d’Ile de France, la Ville de Paris, la Fondation Abbe Pierre, la Federation Mutualiste Parisienne, and several banks, dental labs and supply houses.

Dental Clinic Statistics

In 1999, the mobile clinic served 2119 patients at 286 locations with 761 personnel hours donated. In 2000, the clinic served 2235 patients at 301 locations with 847 hours donated. In 2001, 2336 patients were seen at 326 locations with 795 hours donated. And by September of 2002, 1873 patients were treated at 340 locations with 879 donated hours.

Eighty percent of the patients are male. Fifty-four percent of the patients are between the ages of 25 and 39; 24% are age 40 to 65; 20% are 16 to 24 years of age; and only 1% are over age 65, with another 1% under the age of 16. Seventy-five percent are indigents, 7% are on social security, and 11% are on medical aid. The cultural breakdown is even more astounding as the bus serves the world at the Paris doorstep. Only 9% are French, 27% are European, 36% are Arab, 21% are African, 5% are Asian, 1% are from South America, and 1% are from North America.

The bus attends nine various sites in Paris and its suburbs on a rotating basis. It arrives at 8:15 a.m. and departs at 1:15 p.m. under normal circumstances.

In 2002 (up to September), 11% of the treatment were examinations, 17.4% radiographs, 11.2% amalgams; 15.9% composite fillings, 9.2% root canals, 14% extractions, 6.6% periodontal treatment, 0.3% prostheses, and 14.4% cleanings.

Nota bene: The report was in French and your Editor may have missed some idiomatic details. But regardless, the statistics are impressive as is the facility itself. The PFA Foundation can be justly proud of the part we have played in this ongoing public dental service.

United Kingdom

President Gary Lowder with staff Editor Jim Brophy made their first stop in London. We met with Rash Patel, United Kingdom Chairman, and Raja Rayan, the immediate past UK Chair. Over a quiet dinner, we discussed the activities of the Section, its future potential, its past history, and the problems the Section and the profession faced in their country. Even with Margaret Thatcher’s leadership efforts to convert the country from a socialized economy to a capitalistic one, changes have been slow in coming to fruition. While much of the profession is still in the National Health Service struggling to survive, many doctors who opted to practice fee-for-service dentistry are also struggling to make ends meet. This has its effect in recruitment of those professionals struggling. And many successful professionals are taking on the leadership roles to help rebuild the system.

The long discussion of how to solve some of these problems seems to be in good hands with Drs. Patel and Raja, but only tremendous efforts and time will bring the country and our PFA Section back to the prominence it once held when the situation was better. Both promised to make efforts to seek out quality members and are including PFA in many joint activities to continue to keep our name in the forefront of dentistry there.

France

President Gary Lowder and Editor Brophy then chunneled to Paris to meet with International Trustee Pierre Marois and French Section Chair Hubert Ouvrard.

The first evening, President Lowder received the PFA Report on Europe from Trustee Pierre Marois.

The next day, we all attended the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Chirurgien-Dentistes headquarters for a small reception to met the new Conseil President Pierre-Yves Mahe, and to renew our friendship with outgoing President Andrè Robert. President Lowder then placed our latest Hall of Fame plaque for Dr. Gerald Leatherman of England on the International Wall of Fame at our main site for the International Dental Hall of Fame. In the ceremony, Dr. Lowder was accompanied by Trustee Pierre Marois, French Chair Hubert Ouvrard, Conseil President Pierre-Yves Mahe, and immediate past Conseil President Andrè Robert.

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L-R, Trustee Pierre Marois, Chair Hubert Ouvrard, PFA President Gary Lowder, Conseil past President Andrè Robert, and current Conseil President Pierre-Yves Mahe placing new Dr. Leatherman plaque on Wall of Fame

For the afternoon, we were taken to a poor French suburb, (I believe Boulogne-Billancourt) to inspect their mobile dental clinic in service, which is partially funded by a PFA Foundation grant, and to meet the personnel that run the program. Our PFA Foundation is one of several grant participants supporting this essential dental service to Paris. The well-equipped and efficiently run mobile dental clinic has an established schedule to service the indigent of the Paris area. Local dentists volunteer their time and talents.

The final evening in Paris was spent in meeting with President Lowder, Trustee Pierre Marois, France’s Chairman Hubert Ouvrard, and Editor Brophy going over the year’s successes and future French plans for PFA.

Early the next morning, President Lowder, Trustee Marois, and Editor Brophy left for Berlin to meet with German Chairman Frank Braun and to hold the Elmer Best Ceremony.

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L-R, Loreli and Gary Lowder, Anita Carlsson, Pierre Marois, Shirley and Jim Brophy, Seba Marois, Gunnar Carlsson, Rosemary and Frank Braun
Germany

Flying to Berlin was actually cheaper, faster, and more convenient than taking a train. We stayed at the Hotel Kempimski where Herr Horst-Wolfgang Haase, publisher for Quintessence and 1992 Elmer Best Award recipient, subsidized most of the expenses.

That evening, President Lowder and Trustee Pierre Marois met with German Section Chair Frank Braun and Elmer Best Award recipient Gunnar Carlsson of Sweden to discuss the next day’s events. Fortunately, everyone from four different countries, spoke excellent and fluent English. So the evening went quickly, covering a variety of topics from the state of PFA affairs in the world and in Europe, to Dr. Carlsson’s dental research and anthropological studies on hominid teeth, to Dr. Braun’s book on the best wines of Germany.

The Elmer S. Best Award Ceremony

The next afternoon, Saturday, we all gathered for a German Section Reception to present the Elmer Best Award to Dr. Gunnar Carlsson of Sweden. Herr Haase was not only in attendance, but covered the reception expenses.

The Meeting was held in the Kaiser Wilhelm II Room in the Kaiseraal of the Sony Center.

After the appropriate introductions, new Fellow Dr. Ljilja Locke was inducted into the Academy by President Lowder, Trustee Marois, and German Chair Frank Braun.

PFA President Gary Lowder gave introductory remarks followed by the presentation of the 2003 Elmer E. Best Award to Professor Gunnar E. Carlsson.

That evening, Herr Horst-Wolfgang Haase invited us to his home to join with his publishing staff in an outstanding “Garden Party.” Each of us spent some time discussing PFA with Herr Haase and thanked him for his continuing efforts to help the Academy worldwide. Dr. Braun is a very good friend of the Haase family and provided the introductions with distinction. We all felt part of the warm Haase family in the relaxed atmosphere created by this great publisher at his home.

Monday morning, at dawn, we all left Berlin to return to our respective homes. Because of the time longitudes, PFA President Gary Lowder had a 30-hour Monday in returning to Utah. As PFA President, you do not just sit at the head of the PFA Board Meeting.


Best Award Recipient Address

Internationally known Professor Gunnar E. Carlsson of Sweden received the 2003 Elmer Best Award for international distinction in our profession. Dr. Carlsson was in attendance with his wife Anita and their son. Dr. Carlsson is Professor Emeritus on the Faculty of Odontology at Goteborg University. He gave this address in receiving the PFA honor.

“I wish to express my gratitude to the Pierre Fauchard Academy for the honor of being presented the 2003 Elmer Best Memorial Award. I have read the information about the Academy, and I am impressed by its high ambitions and emphasis on professionalism, integrity, and ethics. I have seen the list of famous people associated with international dentistry that comprise the recipients of this Award since 1963 on. I am proud to be added to that list of 41 men from 23 different countries. I recognize many of the recipients from literature as outstanding dental researchers and worthy representatives of international dental organizations. I have also some personal memories from a few of them.

Jens Waerhaug of Norway received the second Best Award presented in 1964 for his pioneering work in periodontology. I had met him several times in the ‘70s when I lectured at the dental school on Oslo. I was then a young professor in stomatognathic physiology at Goteborg University; there was no such course at Oslo, and Dr. Waerhaug’s frank criticism on the importance of occlusion were difficult to take. He did not believe, at that time, about the prevailing concepts of dental occlusion. We continued our discussion on the stairs outside the lecture hall. I respected his integrity for his belief, but it is now accepted that occlusal factors are important in periotontitis and TMJ.

Martin Rushton of England received the Best Award in 1967. At about that time, he became honorary doctor at the Umea University of northern Sweden where I was active then. The conferment of doctor’s degrees at Swedish universities is a very solemn ceremony. New doctors receive a top hat with a cannon firing off outside. There was some confusion about Dr. Rushton’s hat size, so when the top hat was bestowed upon him, it sank down to his shoulders covering his face. He was honored for his excellent research in oral histopathology.

Jens Pindborg of Denmark received the 1972 Best Award. I had met him when he was editor of two international journals and a national one, which demonstrated his tremendous working capacity. We feared his harsh comments on our research manuscripts, but he effectively taught me the necessity to carefully read and follow submission guidelines. I benefited greatly by his advice, particularly after becoming an editor myself. I met him several times at various conferences and found him to be a nice, entertaining colleague, a splendid speaker with a very broad repertoire and with an extensive knowledge of erotic Asian art.

Yojiro Kawamura from Japan was the 1983 Best recipient. He was a world famous specialist in oral physiology. In the ‘70s, he invited me to write a chapter in a book he was editing. He gave a lecture on bruxism, which was difficult to follow due his lack of pronouncing “R.” So it sounded like “bulkism.” He was a very pleasant, humorous person, told funny stories, and laughed a great deal. He smoked a pipe, which he forgot when he went left. We framed the pipe and put it on the wall for many years to remind us of the great Professor Kawamura.

Horst-Wolfgang Haase of Germany, the 1992 recipient, gave me the opportunity to be editor of one of his Quintessence journals, The International Journal of Prosthodontics, a position I have held for seven years now. This gave me the opportunity to get an insight into the very impressive empire of worldwide dental publishing that he has built up.

Per-Ingvar Brånemark of Sweden, the 1993 recipient, created the concept of osseointegration of dental implants. This made possible the rapid scientific and clinical development of dental implants that has revolutionized clinical dentistry over the last three decades. I met him in 1969 when I was a new professor at the new dental school in Goteborg. He gave me the chance to be a part of his team. In the northern part of Sweden, edentulism was very common. My doctoral thesis was on the consequences of full mouth extractions.

The possibility of dental implants to “cure” edentulism
was a miracle to me. Dr. Brånemark was a fascinating person with intense enthusiasm. He certainly represents the golden words of the Academy: professionalism, integrity, and ethics. Just a few days ago, we accepted an article that presented excellent results with Brånemark implants supporting fixed prosthesis in edentulous mandibles for more than 20 years.

I was born in Umea, in northern Sweden at the 64th latitude (a line translated to North America as north of Hudson Bay in Canada). I did my undergraduate studies in dentistry at the Royal Dental School in Stockholm, worked three years as a general dentist in Lapland, and went to the newly opened dental school in my home town for specialist and scientific training—first in prosthodontics and then in stomatognathic physiology. My thesis was “The Changes in the Jaws and Facial Profile after Extractions and Prosthetic Treatment.” The new school had no sophisticated research equipment, but the scientific interest was abounding. There were also a lot of patients.

After 12 years at Umea University, in 1969, I became the first Professor and head of the Department of Stomatognathic Physiology at Goteborg University. Our department for many years was probably the largest clinic in the world for patients with TMJ disorders. We took in more than 1000 new patients annually. Hard work, scientific research, and many clinical studies resulted in answering many of the controversial questions related to such disorders.

I served as Dean of the Faculty of Odontology for two periods before returning to become head of the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry. I was Editor-in-Chief of Acta Odontologica Scandinavica and upon retiring was persuaded by Horst Haase to take over the International Journal of Prosthodontics.

I want to express my humble gratitude to the Pierre Fauchard Academy for presenting the Elmer Best Award to me. It is a great event in my life devoted to dentistry. Thank you very much.”


Calendar 2003-2004

11 October - 34th Annual Meeting of the Japan Section, Shizouka City, Japan
23 October - ACD Convocation
24 October- ICD Convocation
23-26 October - PFA Annual Board & Foundation Meeting, San Francisco
24 October - PFA Board Meeting
25 October -PFA Awards Luncheon, Presidents Reception /
Foundation Board Meeting: morning and afternoon session
26 October -Foundation Board Meeting: morning session
PFA Board Meeting: afternoon session
Academy Dinner Party
25-29 October - 144th ADA Session, San Francisco
6 March - PFA Executive Committee Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada
30 April-1 May - Spanish Section Meeting, Cordoba, Spain
10-13 September - 92nd FDI World Congress, New Delhi, India
1-5 October -145th Annual ADA Session, Orlando, Florida
PFA Annual Meeting
Foundation Board Meeting

(Have your PFA Event date put here. E-mail Editor Brophy at PFADWJMB@aol.com)

PFA Annual Meeting Schedule

San Francisco, California
24–26 October 2003—San Francisco Marriott Hotel

Friday, 24 October

8 am–9:30 am, ADA Opening Session—Moscone West Building

10 am–11 am, PFA Executive Board Session, Pacific H Room

10 am–11:30 am, Section Chair Caucus, Pacific J Room

11:45 am–noon, Section Chair Caucus report to PFA Board, Pacific H Room

noon–1:30 pm, PFA working lunch, Pacific H Room

1:30 pm–5 pm, PFA Board Meeting, Pacific H Room

Saturday, 25 October

7:30 am–11:30 am, Foundation Board Meeting, Pacific H Room

11:30 am–2 pm, PFA Awards Luncheon, Salons 14 & 15

2:30 pm–5 pm, Foundation Board Meeting, Pacific H Room

6:30 pm–8 pm, President’s Reception, Pacific J Room

Sunday, 26 October

8 am–5 pm, Foundation Board Meeting, Pacific H Room

1 pm–5 pm, Academy Board Meeting, Pacific Room

6:30 pm–10:30 pm, PFA Dinner Party, Nob Hill Room A

All Section Chairs are invited to attend the Academy Board Meetings, the Section Chair
Caucus, the Awards Luncheon, the President’s Reception, and the no-host Sunday Dinner Party.

Spontaneous oral reports during the meeting will not be allowed.
Anyone wishing to address the Board verbally will need to inform the Central Office
by 1 October to be placed on the agenda. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Annual PFA Awards Luncheon

PFA Annual Awards Luncheon will be held on Saturday, 25 October 2003, at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel in Salons 14 and 15 from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. during the ADA Session.

Installation of the new PFA Officers for the 2003-2004 year will be held at that time with past PFA President Michael Cripton doing the honors.

The Luncheon Address will be presented by ADA President T. Howard Jones.

Trustee James Englander, Awards Committee Chair, will present the candidates for awards:

The Pierre Fauchard Gold Medal will be presented to Dr. Harald Loe

Honorary PFA International Fellowship will be bestowed upon Helen MacKenzie Cherrett, Director for the ADA Center for International Development and Affairs.

The Dental Trade and Industry Award will be presented to the Patterson Dental Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. President and CEO Peter L. Frechette will be accepting the honor on behalf of his company.

Retiring Trustee Howard Mark will be honored along with Rhode Island Chair Richard Walsh and Trustee Mamoru Sakuda of Japan.

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President T. Howard Jones

Dr. Jones practices general dentistry in Carrollton, Georgia. He has completed a four-year term on the ADA Board as Fifth District Trustee. His other previous ADA activities include serving as a Delegate and as a member of the Council on Dental Benefit Programs.

He is past President of the Georgia Dental Association and past member of the Georgia Education Foundation Board of Directors. In 1995, he was honored with a Georgia Dental Association Presidential Citation, and in 1998, he was the recipient of the Georgia Dental Association Award of Merit. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Coalition for Health, and on Governor Zell Miller’s task Force to reform Medicare.

Dr. Jones earned his dental degree from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. He is also a Fellow in PFA, ACD, and ICD.

He and his wife Lois have three children.

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Dr. Harald Loe

Dr. Harald Loe was born and raised in Norway where he graduated from the Norwegian Military Academy in 1947. In 1952, he earned his dental degree from Oslo University. Following a decade as a research associate at Oslo University and private practice there, he received a Fulbright Research Fellowship at the University of Illinois School of Dentistry in Chicago where he graduated with his PhD in Orthodontics in 1961. The following year, he was appointed Professor and Chair for the Department of Periodontology at the Royal Dental College in Aarhus, Denmark, where he became Dean in 1972. That same year, he accepted a position as Director of the Dental Research Institute at the University of Michigan. In 1986, Dr. Loe became Dean for the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, where he served until 1994. In 1997, the UConn Board of Trustees named him Dean Eemeritus as well as Professor Emeritus. He is also a visiting Professor at the University of Berne (Switzerland) School of Dental Medicine. During 1966-1967, Dr. Loe was a Hirschfeld Scholar to the Hebrew University.

In his 40-year career on three continents, he has authored some 350 scientific articles, edited several books, and lectured in 35 countries. He was the Founder and Editor of the Journal of Periodontal Research as well as serving on many editorial boards.

He served as President of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), as Chairman of the Dental Drug Products Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), chaired the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Advisory Panel, and was member of their Special Panel on a blueprint for oral health in the 21st century. He was a member of the Danish research Council and a consultant to the British and Canadian Research Councils. And he served on many FDI Committees and working groups.

In the 1960s, Dr. Loe was a Trustee of the Danish Dental Association.

Dr. Loe has been honored by President George Bush with the Meritorious Presidential Executive Rank Award, by King Olav with the Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, and by Denmark’s Queen Margrethe’s Knight of Danebrog. He has received the ADA’s Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Dental Research, the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallion, the Scandinavian Public Health award, the Swedish Dental Society’s International Prize, the Harvard SDM Medal, the UConn Medal, the William J. Geis Award, the Alpha Omega Achievement Medal, the Massachusetts Dental Society’s International Award, the Connecticut State Dental Association’s Fones Medal, the University of Gent Gold Medal, the Norwegian Dental Association’s 75th Anniversary Prize, and the International Association for Dental research Award for Basic Research in Periodontology.

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Patterson Dental Company

Peter Frechette, President and CEO of Patterson Dental Company

Patterson Dental Company is a value-added dental supply distributor serving North America. The company supplies a complete range of consumable dental products, clinical and laboratory equipment, and other services to dentists, dental laboratories, institutions, and other healthcare providers. Patterson has the largest direct sales force in the industry totaling over 1100 sales representatives and equipment/ software specialists serving the United States and Canada.

Webster Veterinary Supply, acquired by Patterson in 2001, is the leading distributor of veterinary supplies to companion-pet veterinary clinics in the eastern United States. It is the third largest supplier nationally.

Peter L. Frechette, Patterson’s CEO, has been President of the company since 1982 and Director since 1983. Prior to joining Patterson Dental Company, Peter Frechette was employed by American Hospital Supply Corporation for 18 years, the last seven of which he served as President of its Scientific Products Division. He earned his BS degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, and his MBA from Northwestern University.

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Patterson Dental Company

Peter Frechette, President and CEO of Patterson Dental Company

Patterson Dental Company is a value-added dental supply distributor serving North America. The company supplies a complete range of consumable dental products, clinical and laboratory equipment, and other services to dentists, dental laboratories, institutions, and other healthcare providers. Patterson has the largest direct sales force in the industry totaling over 1100 sales representatives and equipment/ software specialists serving the United States and Canada.

Webster Veterinary Supply, acquired by Patterson in 2001, is the leading distributor of veterinary supplies to companion-pet veterinary clinics in the eastern United States. It is the third largest supplier nationally.

Peter L. Frechette, Patterson’s CEO, has been President of the company since 1982 and Director since 1983. Prior to joining Patterson Dental Company, Peter Frechette was employed by American Hospital Supply Corporation for 18 years, the last seven of which he served as President of its Scientific Products Division. He earned his BS degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, and his MBA from Northwestern University.

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Dr. Carl Lundgren
Foundation President
Carl Lundgren Report

We have all lost a real friend in Shig Kishi’s passing. We miss him a great deal. Shig had been battling cancer for a year, and despite the disease, the chemotherapy, the radiation, and the severe pain in his coccyx, he was devoted to the task of processing the awarding of last year’s grants awards and then the extensive task of screening 160 inquiries and the resultant grant applications. He was devoted to getting his work completed. He did—just one day before he was hospitalized in July. A heroic effort that I shall never forget.

He wanted us to move on through. His Executive Director’s place will be impossible to duplicate, but we will try. He preferred that Dr. Halik replace him. The Executive Committee is in unanimous accord, and the Board will need to confirm that in San Francisco in October.

Central Office Report

by Secretary/Treasurer Richard Kozal

Our Web site is continually being updated to make it more informative and attractive. Some of the following are the new additions for the site, which I ask that you check out for yourself. Any suggestions you have for more improvements are welcomed. Please contact me at the Central Office address, or e-mail them to me.

1) Download pages for members are found on the “Inquiries Page.” This new addition allows anyone to download the PFA logo for their Section use, a Nomination Form for recruiting, the new PFA booklet, and the new Constitution and Bylaws once they are finalized by the Board.

2) Translation Link for Europe and Latin America can be found on the Main Page and on the “Inquiries Page.”

3) Music has been added to the International Hall of Fame pages.

4) Historical Dental Lithographic Slide Show is being developed for adding to the site.

As of the first of June, our recruitment goal for the year, which is 600 new members, has not kept the same pace as last year’s achievement.

Region 1–Europe has inducted 43 new Fellows, including 8 in Kenya and 5 in Bulgaria.

Region 2–Northeastern United States has inducted 51.

Region 3–Southeastern United States has inducted 23 in Georgia under Chair Karyn Stockwell’s leadership. Louisiana’s nominations are being processed.

Region 4–Midwest United States has inducted 26, with Indiana and Ohio pending processing.

Region 5–Western United States has inducted 17.

Region 6–Canada has inducted 26.
Region 7–Latin America has inducted 11.

Region 8–Australasia is holding their induction this September for 37 members.

Region 9–Asia has inducted 67 members.

Region 10–Central United States has inducted 23 with the Minnesota applications pending.

This represents 324 new members completed or pending—only half our goal.

The Autumn usually hosts a number of State dental meetings. This is a good occasion for our Sections to hold their meetings to bring up those recruitment numbers. The “graying” of the current PFA membership requires that we take a long hard look at the younger dental leadership to select those quality perspectives that would add to our own leadership activities. PFA has more to offer new Fellows than ever before. We have updated much of our organizational materials and made them more available to the Section leadership. The Foundation has been very cooperative in helping to fund Section projects to provide Section activity for the membership. Their dental scholarships throughout the world have raised the dental perspective of PFA to a global level.

All we need now is for the local Fellows to recruit. This is essential to continue to generate our programs that serve our profession and the general public. The stronger you make our Academy, the larger voice we have in global dentistry as a proactive dental organization. Each member has the ability to do this, to magnify their service in our profession, and to extend their talents into infinite regions. It is all up to YOU.
 

Our Foundation Makes a Difference

by Foundation Vice President Fred Halik

Once again, our past year proved fruitful for the Academy Sections who have sponsored and participated in several projects receiving Foundation grants. Fellows of the Academy volunteer in clinical settings to provide hands-on service to indigent populations. Five of the 16 Foundation-approved grants are Section sponsored. Including the student scholarships, those grants total close to a third of a million dollars.

Dr. Carl Lundgren, Foundation President, has invited all Section Chairs and Fellows to identify needs in their communities, develop plans for a program, and apply to the Foundation for assistance. Grant requests from Sections have a high priority in the approval process. These activities are the substance of what the Academy stands for. This has proved to be a cohesive benefit for participating Sections.

Last year’s PFA Section grants included:

Kentucky’s annual Spring focus on the Special Olympics where Chairman Karl Lange’s Section provides dental health education, screening, and referral for over 300 participating athletes. This positive dental experience is a result of the effort put forth by the Section Fellows, staff members, and families.

Michigan’s PFA Section volunteered to attend a Summer camp for disabled adults in the northern Michigan wilderness (see article in last DW issue). Section Fellows, under the leadership of Chair Virginia Merchant, including past PFA president David Campbell, provided needed dental services. A PFA grant made this significant service possible.

Tennessee’s section, under Chairman Rueben Pelot III, spark-plugged servicing the Volunteer Ministry Center, which houses a dental clinic designed to serve the huge task of meeting the dental needs of the completely homeless and indigent men in the Knoxville area. The Foundation funds makes a major difference there and utilizes more of that Section’s Fellows as volunteers.

Japan’s ever-active Section, Chaired by Trustee Mamoru Sakuda, is providing an incredible service for a population group not seen by most of us—dental service for leprous patients living in colonies that find it very difficult to obtain. This Section deserves commendation from us all for their efforts to reach out to these forgotten people. The Foundation support helps make this possible.

France’s mobile dental clinic has been serving the Paris area for several years, providing for the dental needs of the indigent, poor, and homeless. Our Foundation grant helped make this a reality and has continued to permit the expansion of this program.

While the Foundation grants have made the funding possible, the ideas for these services have originated from the Sections themselves. The Section leadership has put them into operation and the Fellows have carried the programs out. This is the type of partnership that we are all dedicated to in serving the needy public. We ask that more Sections become involved in such projects. This strengthens the Academy, its Sections, and fulfills the mandate of the Foundation.

From the desk of the Executive Director…

by Dr. Shig Ryan Kishi

Editor’s Note: Serving the Academy and the Foundation were total commitments by the late Dr. Shig Ryan Kishi. Even while in pain and treatment for cancer, Dr. Kishi completed his tasks with distinction and precision. This was his latest report.
Having gone through half the grant application requests by the first of July, 26 grants have been rejected for not meeting our criteria. These applicants have been informed by letter along with the reason for the rejection. This totals a dollar amount of $220,897.

The remainder of those applications accepted total $69,956. These requests have been forwarded on to the Grants Application Committee for evaluation and recommendation to the Foundation Board at their annual Meeting this October. At that time, all grant applications will have completed the review process for the Board’s determination.
 

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L-R, PFA Board Member Dr. Vera presenting check to recipient Enrique Araneda with Dean Carlos Sigoux applauding

Foundation News

Chile

Chile PFA Board Member, Dr. Vera, presented the PFA Scholarship Award to dental student Enrique Araneda at the University Campus.

Section News

Australasia

Trustee William Winspear, active in hosting this September’s FDI Congress in Sydney, has reported that their PFA Section will be inducting 37 new Fellows during the Session.

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Chair Professor Valentin Moutaftchiev (left) with new Fellows
Bulgaria

Chairman Valentin Moutaftchiev inducted five new Fellows into PFA last June during a membership dinner in Sofia. The New Fellows are Drs. Laura Andreeva, Lyubomir Donev, Krasimir A. Galabov, and Radi Venkov, all of Sofia.

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Chair Jaime Koifman presenting certificate to Enrique Araneda
Chile

Chairman Jaime Koifman S. presented the Foundation Scholarship Certificate at their annual Gala Meeting of the Chile Section. International Trustee Bernardo Levit attended to assist in inducting eight new Fellows into the Academy along with Secretary Nicolas Triantafilo V. and Treasurer Ana M. Latorre P.

Finland

Past Section Chair Leila Telivua passed away last April. Born in 1929, she graduated from the dental school in Helsinki in 1953. She then attended postgraduate studies at the Eastman Dental Hospital in London. She became an endodontist in 1981 and maintained a dental practice in Helsinki from 1957 to 1996. She served as President of the Finnish Dental Association between 1976 and 1983. She was the first woman to be elected to the FDI Council in 1982 and served until 1990. She also served as FDI Vice President from 1984 to 1990.

Japan

Trustee Mamoru Sakuda has indicated that the Japan Section Constitution requires that the term for Chairman is two years. He will be stepping down as Japan’s Chair on 11 October 2003 in Shizuoka City. Dr. Kuwahata will take over as Japan Chair, but Dr. Sakuda will continue to serve as Trustee as that term is for three years.

Guatemala/Belize

Chair Bertram Moldauer and his wife Yolanda arrived in Ft. Lauderdale for the graduation of their son, Ivan Moldauer, from the Nova Southeastern University School of Dentistry’s program in endodontics. Just a few weeks earlier, PFA Fellow Ivan and his fiancée Gina Cozzarelli from Guatemala had wedded in Ft. Lauderdale. Now Dr. Ivan Moldauer has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Endodontics at Nova in Florida.


Switzerland

The 1971 Elmer S. Best Award recipient Louis J. Baume passed away last May. He was born in 1913 and received his doctorate from the dental school in Bern in 1939. He went on to become a research associate at the Hooper Foundation for Medical Research in San Francisco and at the Institute of Experimental Biology at Berkeley between 1948 to 1954. He returned to Switzerland to become Professor at the Medical Faculty of the University of Geneva in 1955 where he retired in 1983. He was a dental expert on WHO from 1963 on. Between 1979 to 1981, he was FDI President and received the Miller Prize in 1991.

Spain

Section Chair Professor Javier Garro passed away on 31 July 2003 while working in his dental clinic in Pamplona. Dr. Garro was a Professor at the University of the Basque Country. His quiet leadership for PFA will be dearly missed.

Just last May, in Santiago de Compostela, Chair Professor Javier Garro presided over Spain’s Investing Ceremony and

Dinner for some 23 new Fellows. He was assisted in this by the Chairman of the Galizian Autonomic Government Professor Fraga, the Vice-Rector of the University, and Section Secretary Dr. Jimenez. Welcomed into Fellowship were Drs. Eduardo Anitua of Vitoria, Manuel Anton-Radigales of Madrid, Fernando Autran of Barcelona, Pedro Badanelli of Madrid, Ignacio Barjua of Valencia, Laura Ceballos of Granada, M. Filomena Estrela of Valencia, Pilar Gandara of Santiago de Compostela, Rafael Garcia-Espejo of Cordoba, Abel Garcia of Santiago de Compostela, Celso Gonzalez of Vigo, Anibal Gonzalez of Sevilla, Federico Hernandez of San Cugat del Valles Barcelona, Beatriz Lahoz of Pamplona, Francisco Saverio Martelli of Florence, Italy, Arturo Martinez-Berna of Madrid, Eduardo Padros-Serrat of Barcelona, Esteban Padulles of Barcelona, Rafael Pla of Albacete, Jose Pumarola of Barcelona, Isabel Saez of Sevilla, Francisco Javier Silvestre of Valencia, and Jose Manuel Somoza of Santiago de Compostela.

The Ceremony was held in the old College Building of the University which celebrated its 500th anniversary in 1995 of its founding.

Their Section’s next annual meeting will be in Cordoba on 30 April and 1 May 2004.

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Georgia

Chair Karyn L. Stockwell reports presenting the PFA Senior Student Award to Medical College of Georgia senior Cang Huynh by PFA Fellow Dr. Wayne Herman at the college’s Awards Day Ceremony last May. Dr. Herman presents the Award with a brief history of Pierre Fauchard in a memorable manner.

Illinois

The Section hosted their Breakfast Meeting on September 6th with ACD and ICD during the annual session of the Illinois State Dental Society Meeting at the Oak Brook Hills Hotel and Resort.

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Dr. Nicole Vane receiving PFA Award
Massachusetts

The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine presented the PFA Senior Student Award to recipient Nicole Vane at the 10th annual Tufts University School of Dental Medicine’s Senior Awards Dinner last May.

California, Southern Section

Past PFA President and Foundation Treasurer George Higue was honored by the USC Alumni Association on Saturday, 6 September 2003, at their Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, being presented the USC Alumni Association President’s Award. This award was developed by the Alumni Board of Governors to recognize volunteer excellence, loyal service, and dedication to the university. Following the Luncheon, USC will kick off its college football season with BYU at the Coliseum.

Texas

Chair C. Roger Macias, Jr, hosted their annual Breakfast Meeting last May during the Texas Dental Association annual session. Dr. Macias presented the Distinguished Service Award to Dr. David May, past Section Chair. TDA president Don Lutes attended the breakfast along with ADA 15th District Trustee Frank Eggleston. Dr. Macias inducted into membership new Fellows Drs. Warren Branch, Phillip Nauert, and Pam Berlanga.

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Distinguished Service Award recipient Dr. Howard Fine receives plaque from Chair Bruce Seidberg
New York

Chair Bruce Seidberg of Syracuse convened their annual Induction Meeting in Rochester with more than 80 attending. Present were State President William Calnon, ADA Trustee Kirk Gleason, past NYSDA President James Orcutt, past PFA President Fred Halik, and a host of other dignitaries.

The 2003 PFA Section Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Howard B. Fine of Rochester who had served dentistry through as Secretary for AAE, ADA Trustee, and on the Board of Governors for the New York State Dental Association.

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New York’s new Fellows

Past Section Chair Edward Feinberg of Scarsdale was honored with the Section’s Appreciation Plaque for his two years as Section Chair and for his continuing service as new member coordinator for one of the largest Section classes of new members.

Dr. Feinberg inducted 27 new Fellows into membership: Drs. Mark Bauman, William Caryl, Jr, Stuart Chassen, Marilyn Eaves, Edmund Eaves, Stanley Einbender, Harry Einbender, Steve Essig, Vickie Ryan-Haskins, Viren Jhaven, Gregory Libatore, William Maloney, Richard Mayne, Joseph McMenamin, David Miller, Richard Rubin, Gary Schopher, Pasqule Scutari, Jerrold Shapiro, Hank Schiffman, Paul Spenadel, Robert Trager, Robert Vitkus, Richard Weiss, Alan Winik, and Sheldon Winik.

6. November - December

As I begin my term as President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, I pause to think of the men who have preceded me into this high honour. Their legacy of leadership of our Academy is the high standard that I set for myself. I am indebted to Michael Cripton, the first Canadian to serve as PFA President (1995), for his support and guidance, and to Sheldon Claman, my predecessor as Trustee Region 6, Canada.

I offer the thanks of all Academy Fellows to Gary Lowder and kudos for a job well done. Dr. Lowder was indeed the right man for the position of PFA President 2002-2003. He represented the Academy at two very sad occasions this past year: the memorial services for founding PFA Foundation President Brigadier General Robert B. Shira in November and Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Shig Kishi in August. Gary’s words of compassion, which came from his heart and his strong personal faith, were a great comfort to the families of these two outstanding Fellows.

Some people enter politics (read dental politics) because they want the limelight. Politics at any level affords them a stage and an audience. I have no desire to be in the entertainment business. Throughout my career, I have always been a team player and believe in surrounding a President with bright, talented, ethical, conscientious individuals that not only make the job easier but strengthen the future of the organization as well. PFA is indeed fortunate to have such dedicated individuals such as Gary Lowder. Michael Perpich, and Howard Mark join me on the Executive Team for 2003-2004.

Elsewhere in this issue of Dental World you will find a listing of the 2004 Committee Chairs; this is a team that lifts my spirits, expands my optimism, and confirms my belief that this will be an exceptional year for the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

As a Canadian, I am quite cognizant of the fact that the core of our Fellows is from the United States and Canada. My personal relationship with American dentistry is lengthy. As President of the Canadian Dental Association in 1989, I had they opportunity and very distinct pleasure to present Dr. Tom Ginley, then ADA Executive Director, with the first “Friend of Canadian Dentistry Award.” One of my goals this year is to build on this camaraderie with our American Fellows. PFA is, however, international and I believe we should celebrate our diversity. Strengthening our International Sections is another personal goal. The Academy’s relationship with the Foundation is a symbiotic one with a cross-pollination of Executive members on each other’s Board. Mutual respect and support is a very necessary goal. Finally, communication with our membership (Fellows) is a recognized priority and I offer my unconditional support to our Editor, Dr. James Brophy, in his efforts to publicize what our Section Chairs are accomplishing worldwide.

Dr. Kevin L. Roach

President

2003-2004 PFA Committee Appointments

Executive Committee: Chair Kevin L. Roach, Michael Perpich, Howard Mark, Gary Lowder, and Richard Kozal.

Fellowship Committee: Chair Charles Eller, Pierre Marois, Bernardo Levit, Richard Walsh, Mamuro Sakuda, Steve Hedlund, Robert Hart, and Richard Kozal (ex-officio).

Budget & Finance Committee: Chair Michael Perpich, Kevin L. Roach, Howard Mark, Gary Lowder, and Richard Kozal (ex-officio).

Nomination Committee: Chair Gary Lowder, Scott Welch, and M. David Campbell.

Constitution & By-Laws Committee: Chair Howard Mark, Parliamentarian.

Publications Committee: Chair William Winspear, James Brophy, and Mamuro Sakuda.

Awards Committee: Chair James Englander, Barry Dolman, and Pierre Marois. Consultants: Frank Braun, Bernardo Levit, Ray Maddox, and Nicholas Saccone.

Archivist: Richard Kozal and James Brophy.

International Advisory Committee: Chair Ernesto Acuna (Mexico), Barry Dolman (Canada), Frank Braun (Germany), Jeffrey Tsang (China), Pierre Marois (France), Mamoru Sakuda (Japan), Bernardo Levit (Argentina), William Winspear (Australia), and Jose Dahan (Belgium).

Mentorship Committee: Chair Ray Maddox, Steve Hedlund, and Richard Walsh.

Hall of Fame Committee: Chair Raymond Klein, Fred Halik, Minoru Horiuchi, Robert Hart, and Kevin Roach (ex-officio). Consultants: Nicholas Saccone, William Winspear, and Bernardo Levit.

Foundation: President Carl Lundgren, Vice President M. David Campbell, Treasurer William Korte, and Treasurer-emeritus George Higue.

Trustees: C. F. Larry Barrett, Michael Cripton, James Long, Gary Lowder, Nicholas Saccone, Min Horiuchi, Scott Welch, Kevin Roach (ex-officio), and Michael Perpich (ex-officio).

Local Arrangements Committee: Chair Robert Hart, for Orlando, October 2004: Gary Herbeck and Richard Kozal.

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Outstanding Section Chair of Spain Passes on Dr. Javier Garro Barrio, long-time PFA Section Chairman of Spain, died last 31 July. Amid the eulogies for Foundation Executive Director Shig Kishi’s passing at about the same time, Professor Barrio’s demise m

Outstanding Section Chair of Spain Passes on

Dr. Javier Garro Barrio, long-time PFA Section Chairman of Spain, died last 31 July. Amid the eulogies for Foundation Executive Director Shig Kishi’s passing at about the same time, Professor Barrio’s demise may have been overlooked in giving him the outstanding ovation he deserves. Dr. Garro Barrio held one the PFA’s most impressive Induction Ceremonies in the Academy.

Professor Barrio’s passing was sudden and unexpected. He was a strong healthy man who had a passion for life. Dr. Barrio put all his enthusiasm into everything he did in life—work, family, friends, PFA. He was a perfectionist, loved dentistry, loved teaching, wrote many scientific articles, traveled, and enjoyed golf. He was looking forward to celebrating his life’s big milestone of turning 70 in November and was planning a large event. He was a giving person who needed little to be happy. He had a great sense of humor.

Dr. Barrio earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Zaragoza, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, in 1958, then attended the University of Madrid for his dental degree in 1960. In Spain at that time, one needed to have a medical degree to then specialize in dentistry. Dr. Barrio then obtained his PhD at the University of Navarra in March 1972.

He then started teaching at the University of Paris Vasco in 1979. By 1989, he had become Chairman of Pathology and Therapeutic Dentistry on the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at that university located in Bilbao. He lived in Pamplona (Navarra), a two-hour car trip away.

He also maintained a private dental practice in Tafalla, Navarra, from 1960 to 1967, then moved his practice and family to Pamplona from 1967 until he died.

He was born in Tafalla, Navarra, in 1933. He married Angela Arza in 1961 and they were married for 42 years, having five children and 9 grandchildren.

He had a massive heart attack on 31 July 2003 after feeling sick for just one day with nausea. PFA and Spain will feel a tremendous loss at his passing.

Den-Mat Corporation Sponsors Museum Display

Dr. Robert Ibsen of Den-Mat, a long-time friend of PFA, has fully funded the purchase of the Zeller antique dental office for placement in the UNLV School of Dentistry in the name of PFA and the Den-Mat Corporation.

The Zeller dental office is an excellent exhibit, representing a complete “Turn of the Century” dental office. Dr. Zeller had retired from the office in the early 1900s and it was placed in careful storage in 1915. No such example of a dental office of that era has been preserved as well for so many years.

Dr. Richard Kozal was honored by Dental Historian Richard Gleason, recipient of the Hayden Harris Award of the American Academy of the History of Dentistry, as “the major driving force behind this project. We would not be where we are today without his efforts.”

Dr. Robert Ibsen was also lauded for promoting the history of dentistry. His acquisition and donation of the Zeller Dental Office to UNLV in PFA’s name was a huge step in saving the quickly slipping away history of our profession. The exhibit includes dental cabinets and equipment, instruments and supplies, even his notebooks, bankbooks, and other personal medical items.

Dr. Richard Glenner of Chicago stated, “To know where you are going, it is important to know where you have been. To my knowledge (as dental historian for 45 years), this is the most complete dental office of that era.”

Our New PFA President

Dr. Kevin Roach, a general dentist from Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, has been installed as our new PFA President for the 2003-2004 year at the Academy Annual Meeting in San Francisco last October. His election to this office marks the summit of a long association with the Academy, which began with his appointment as a Fellow in 1988. In 1991, he became Ontario (Canada) Section Chairman. In 1996, he was elected to the ten-member International Board of Trustees, along with five trustees from the United States and five International Trustees from Europe, Australasia, Latin America, and Japan.

Dr. Roach has an even longer association with organized dentistry. As a young man, he developed his lifelong conviction that the primary obligations carried by every professional are to serve our patients and to contribute to the profession and the community. During his pre-doctoral studies, while completing a Science Degree at Laurentian University, he became President of the University of Sudbury Students’ Council. As an undergraduate student in dentistry at the University of Toronto, he served as a Student Governor to both the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) and the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). Also during this period, he chaired the 4th Canadian Dental Students’ Conference in Vancouver and became Student Liaison to the Canadian Dental Service Plans Incorporated (CDSPI)—a national dental insurance and investment service affiliated with the Canadian Dental Association. While associated with CDSPI, he contributed to the development of the “grad pak,” a comprehensive insurance package for new graduates in dentistry. He was elected Class President in 1973, the year he graduated in dentistry from the University of Toronto.

By 1975, Dr. Roach was President of his local dental society in Renfrew County. In 1977, having been in practice for only four years, Dr. Roach was elected to the Ontario Dental Association Board of Directors. He subsequently was elected to the Executive Council of the ODA, and in 1983 became the youngest ODA President.


As President of ODA, Dr. Roach represented Ontario dentists in Toronto during the revision of the dental section of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan Fee Schedule (dealing with provincial government coverage for selected dental services). He also represented Ontario dentists in Ottawa as the national government was developing the Canada Health Act (which sets out the conditions for federal insurance coverage in health care). During this era, many committee/board meetings were held in smoke-filled rooms. Dr. Roach led the movement for “cleaner air in dental meeting rooms.” At both the Ontario and Canadian Dental Associations, he presented successful motions that smoking not be permitted during meetings.

Although he was first elected as Governor to the Canadian Dental Association in 1979, Dr. Roach stepped down in order to become ODA’s President. After his term as President, he was again elected as a CDA Governor, and he subsequently became CDA President in 1989.

During his ascendancy to the CDA Presidency, he served as liaison to a multitude of committees, including a Task Force that led to the creation of the Council on Education and Accreditation of Canada. Other significant achievements during his term as CDA President included extensive negotiations to launch electronic data interchange (EDI)—a computer network to allow dental offices to submit claims to third party dental insurance carriers—and the complete renovation of the CDA headquarters building in Ottawa. Dr. Roach subsequently served as a member of the CDA Nominations and Awards Committee. On completion of his term in 1990, he was recognized for his achievements by his local peers with a lovely artwork, which he proudly displays in his dental office in Pembroke.

In 1991, Dr. Roach became a charter member of the Colgate Canada Editorial Board responsible for the original development of the Colgate Oral Health Care Report. This report is now distributed internationally by Colgate in 70 countries, in a number of different languages. In the Autumn of 1996, the publications editorial board was relocated to New York City, and an editor from Harvard University in Boston was appointed. Dr. Roach was asked to be an Associate Editor on the new five-member International Board, along with the Editor and consultants from the United States, Ireland, and China.

From 1990-1992, Dr. Roach chaired the National Dental Hygiene Supervision Committee appointed by CDA, in consultation with the Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association, to set out the supervisory parameters for dental hygiene, an extremely controversial subject at the time. This Committee recommended that dental hygienists should have voting representation on the Dental Boards that governed them and registered their licensure to practice. While at that time some saw this as “radical,” most of the committee’s recommendations were implemented in 1995 by the Dental Licensing body in Ontario (The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario).

In 1995, Dr. Roach was elected Chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, the first general dentist to hold this important position. He served two terms as Chairman, and then two years as Finance Committee Chair where his budgetary expertise laid the foundation for the concept of the Commission as an autonomous legal entity responsible for its own destiny. Also in 1995, Dr. Roach was appointed to the National Dental Examining Board and served as an examiner for the Board Examinations for out-of-country applicants. The same year, he was asked to act as Chairman of the Periodontal Screening Recording (PSR) Committee to launch this innovative method of the early diagnosis of periodontal disease.

In 1996, Dr. Roach was asked to chair a committee to consider granting dental specialty status to Oral Medicine and Dental Anesthesia.
The following year, Oral Medicine was recognized as a specialty in Canada and protocols were developed for a combined specialty of Oral Diagnosis/Oral Medicine.

As a citizen of Pembroke, Ontario, and the “Ottawa Valley,” Dr. Roach has made numerous contributions to his community. He chaired four campaigns to promote fluoridation of Pembroke’s water. He is a past Director of the Kinsman Club of Pembroke, the United Appeal of Pembroke-Petewawa, and President of the Rebfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Liberal Association, as well as past Chief of dentistry at the Pembroke Civic Hospital.

For many years, Dr. Kevin Roach has been successfully following his conviction that dentists must serve their patients and must also serve the profession and the public. He has considered his efforts not as a burden but as an opportunity and something of a hobby. He has been active in student politics, in organized dentistry at local, provincial, and national levels, in national accreditation and national certification processes, and in writing and lobbying on dental topics and issues. Along the way, he has made impressive contributions to the many bodies with which he has been associated, most notably to the Ontario Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Association, and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

In recognition of his accomplishments, Dr. Roach has received many awards. In 1973, at the University of Toronto he received the Oral Diagnosis Award, the Bronze Plaque Athletic Award, and the Dental Students’ Society Award. In 1984, he earned the CDA Award of Merit, and in 1997 he was presented with CDA Honourary Membership.

In 1991, he received the Ontario Dental Association’s Barnabus Day Award and in 1993 was named the University of Toronto Alumnus of Distinction Awardee. In 1999, he received the Award of Merit from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada and in 2000 he earned Honourary Fellowship in the Royal College of Dentists (Canada) FRCD(C). He also is a Fellow in PFA (1988) and in ACD (1990).

In Loving Memory of Shigeo Ryan Kishi

Longfellow wrote: “Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.”

Dr. Kishi wrote this article in 1990 entitled “One Man’s Perspective on Excellence”

I write this essay in the early morning hours before the sun casts its life-giving brilliance on the birth of a new day. My mind cannot help but reflect upon how each new life is begun as we take our first life-sustaining breath, and are born into the world with our minds completely devoid of any preconceptions about what life has to offer. The mind is a clean slate upon which can be written an autobiography of a life of success or failure, integrity or compromise, happiness or grief, excellence or mediocrity, contribution or selfishness. All of these aspects of one’s life are conceived in our minds as a concept of how we shall live our lives; a seed of thought planted in our minds that grows into what we will eventually become in our journey through life itself.

We grow into young adulthood encountering numerous individuals who have tremendous influence upon how we will eventually perceive ourselves in our interpersonal relationships with our parents, siblings, peers, and friends of all ages. Prior encounters, if they were positive in nature, contribute to the development of a positive self-concept, a sense of self-worth, and confidence.

The manner in which each of us perceives ourselves has a tremendous influence on how we will function professionally and how successfully we will be able to commit to the well being of our families and to the welfare of those individuals we are trained to serve.

Each of us, during the course of lives, determines what we consider to be success, integrity, happiness, excellence, and contribution in order to make our lives fulfilled. Failure, grief, mediocrity, and selfishness are the last considerations in the early stages of our careers. However, in a recent survey of over 1095 practitioners after ten years in practice, it was found that 42% stated that they were dissatisfied in their chosen profession and lead lives of failure and mediocrity. How can we avoid these tragic events of despair from occurring during our professional careers? Obviously the answers are not easy. Perhaps the seed of discontent was planted at the very outset of a person’s career.

I have discovered that one’s personal perspective of success, integrity, and happiness cannot be measured and compared purely against another individual’s accomplishments, but must be measured by standards which we establish for ourselves. Such standards are based upon concepts and ideals instilled in us by those who have provided the positive influence on our thought processes.

A deep commitment to excellence combined with a goal to achieve a standard of excellence is the essence from which all other positive aspects of one’s life can be attained. Every individual needs to experience excellence in some area of accomplishment during our lifetime. If not, then each morning as they gaze into the mirror, they will see only a reflection of mediocrity with the accompanying feeling of a loss of self-worth.

During the initial training of students in dental school, I would encourage that each student be given the opportunity to excel and to be recognized for their achievements early in their career. Feelings of confidence and self-worth can be elevated through participation in a positive teaching atmosphere. Excellence and integrity should be encouraged by emphasizing success. Each student should be allowed to discover his or her area of true expertise, for in this discovery lies the key to future success.

Excellence can be achieved through positive and constant learning experiences, not only through formal education, but also by association with individuals who are recognized for excellence in their chosen fields of endeavor. Friendships such as these, encourage a person to strive for achievement at the highest level and contribute to the happiness of their lives. Excellence and its companion, success, breeds integrity—a quality that will carry us through the most trying times.

In candor, I have stated my personal view on excellence and I hope that it will stimulate productive thoughts by those who happen to read it. I have been very fortunate during my life to have been able to learn about excellence, success, integrity, and contributions to society from those individuals possessed of high intellect and compassion, which have demonstrated their commitment to excellence in our profession and to the concurrent welfare of the world community. I sincerely hope that you will also be fortunate enough to have an integral part of your life, friends, and family who care about you in your quest for excellence.

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PFA Fellow Charlie Norwood

From the Desk of Congressman Charlie Norwood…

The painful Congressional Session is finally in recess.

The Mercury in the Dental Filling Disclosure and Prohibition Act seems to be going nowhere, as it should. Representative Diane Watson (D-Calif) sponsored the bill and has only one cosponsor, Representative Dan Burton (R-Ind). If any one of you from California could find out why she sponsored such a bill, we would love to know.

The tort reform bill, passed by the house, is dead in the Senate. Some form of limitations is badly needed. It was the limit on the liability of HMOs that killed the Patient Protection Bill.

The Medicare Prescription Drug bill is in Conference to reconcile the senate bill differences, but without White House support it will not be reported out. That bill has several important items I support:

1) Dentists can treat Medicare patients without being Medicare providers;

2) Dentists would not have to have a Medicare rejection in order to file a claim with a secondary or supplemental payer;

3) Medicare would be required to tell a provider if they will pay for a service before the service is provided;

4) Medicare’s use of the False Claims Act in shaking down providers would be softened;

5) Medicare rules cannot be changed after the fact and applied retroactively;

6) The patient would be allowed to appeal a Medicare decision.

Few dentists deal with Medicare because so very little dentistry is covered by them, but oral surgeons, for one example, need these changes.

However, the prescription drug provision is open-ended and may bankrupt Medicare, and cancer care is cut by 30%. I have suggested that the prescription drug bill have a $400 billion limit and would require Congressional action to increase the limit, that all seniors have a drug value card to buy drugs at a discount, tax-free contributions can be made to a drug savings account, and a catastrophic coverage to limit the amount a senior would ever have to pay.

PFA Fellow Charlie Norwood


I had a great meeting with Secretary Tommy Thompson of Health and Human Services to discuss the medical privacy regulations in HIPPA. We agreed that more changes need to be made and new rues will be out early next year.

I celebrated my 62nd birthday in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I was part of a small delegation thanking Denmark, The Netherlands, Wales, and Spain for supporting the United States in the War on Iraq and the global fight on terrorism.

2004 is an election year. As you know, it is important that we have dentists in Congress. But it is so expensive to run for that office. Anything you can contribute to my campaign or any dentist running for Congress would be deeply appreciated. Or if you have any questions, comments, or additions you would like to make, contact my office at “Norwood for Congress,” P.O. Box 499, Evans, Georgia 30809-9906, or call 706/738-8400, or visit me athttp://www.NorwoodforCongress.com.

Foundation News

Your Foundation Donation—A Living Memorial

by Foundation Trustee C. F. Larry Barrett

As many of us reach the age of retirement with our needs well met from our life-long dedication to serving the public in our profession, we begin to think how we can give thanks for all those years of service. One of those ways that will continue to serve long after we are gone is to include the Academy Foundation in your will or living trust.

As a result of Dr. Brenes-Espinach’s generous will bequest to the Foundation, the Foundation has distributed over $2,224,000 in grants and scholarships since 1996. That includes 500 dental students helped out worldwide, and 160 grants that have served thousands of patients.

As a Fellow in our Academy, you can participate in this great work our profession is engaged in. You can donate your time to a Section PFA project, make a contribution on your dues envelope, donate a special amount to be included in the Foundation’s principal, establish a living trust, or write in an amount in your will.
Last year alone, the Foundation awarded over $300,000 in grants and student scholarships. Such representative grants went to Dentures for the Elderly at Florida’s Senior Friendship Center; Le Social Dental Bus serving the underprivileged in Paris and its suburbs; The Dixie Donated Dental Service in Utah; the 1000 Smiles Surgery Foundation in Mexico; Children’s Dental Sealants in Michigan; and Dental Services to Leprous Patients in Japan. Spread your benefice across the globe through your Foundation. Your help will continue to serve patients and the profession long after you have retired from dentistry.

Current low interest rates will compromise our ability to maintain the level of support these grants and scholarships have traditionally afforded. We very much need your individual help at this time.

Please send your contributions to Dr. Richard Kozal, P.O. Box 80330, Las Vegas, Nevada 89180.
 

Calendar 2004

6 March - Spanish Section Meeting, Cordoba, Spain
30 April-1 May - 92nd FDI World Congress, New Delhi, India
10-13 September - 145th Annual ADA Session, Orlando, Florida
1-5 October - PFA Annual Meeting
Foundation Board Meeting

(Have your PFA Event date put here. E-mail Editor Brophy at PFADWJMB@aol.com)

Foundation Scholarship Recipients of Last Year

by past Executive Director Shig Kishi

UCLA: Alan Tang

UC-San Francisco: Sadi Kermani

Loma Linda: Elizabeth Park

University of the Pacific: Joshua Erickson

USC: Kimberly Foon

University of Colorado: Brain Hunsaker

UConn: Holman Yu

Howard University: no name submitted by Dean Charles Sanders

University of Florida: Michael Barbick

Medical College of Georgia: Rhonda B. Joyner

University of Illinois: Marci Barnes

SIU: Maria Shaffer

Indiana University: David Swiderski

University of Iowa: Marc Welge

University of Kentucky: Ashleigh Lanchaster

University of Louisville: Richard G. Fisher

University of Maryland: Amy Michelle Roberts

LSU: Benjamin Record

Boston University: Ariel Bales-Kogan

Harvard: Natalie Lam

Tufts: Maria Ferriol

Detroit-Mercy: Brian A. Michalkow

University of Michigan: Christopher Sakkaris

University of Minnesota: Elizabeth C. Eggert

University of Mississippi: Richard Lee Simpson

University of Missouri: Michael LeBlanc

Creighton: Jennifer L. Enos

University of Nebraska: Kristin E. Fornander

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey: Neil Agnihotri

Columbia: Ejiro Esi

New York University: Matthew Chang-Novielli

SUNY (Buffalo): Amie M. McCarthy

SUNY (Stony Brook): Michael A. Scialabba

University of North Carolina: Jeremy Fry

Case Western Reserve: Lisa Browning

OSU: Bradd Curtis Testerman

University of Oklahoma: Zach N. McNickle

Oregon Health Sciences University: David Baker
University of Pennsylvania: Angela Asamoa

University of Pittsburgh: Aimee Dull

Temple: James D. Drake

Medical University of South Carolina: Walker T. Pendarvis

Meharry Medical College: Angela F. Barnes

University of Tennessee: Mark Andrew Baber

Baylor: Jesse L. Arbaugh

University of Texas Health Science Center (Houston): Jarrod Edward Jones

University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio): Casey M. Campbell

Virginia Commonwealth University: Kip Jones

University of Washington: Nathan Russell

West Virginia University: Lora Haynie

Marquette: Jason Guerrero

University of Puerto Rico: no name submitted by Dean Angel Rafael Pagan

University of Alabama: R. Keith Compton

Universidad de Costa Rica: Raquel Jimenez Venegas

University of Ireland: William Waters

Meikai University (Japan): Satoru Morikawa

Tsurumi University (Japan): Takanori Miyamae

Tohoku University (Japan): Hiroko Maehara

University of Basel (Switzerland): Photini Mengisopulos

University of the East (Philippines): Ma. Theresa G. Villar

University of Sydney: Jessica O’Neil

University of Otago (new Zealand): no name submitted

University of Western Australia: Graham Iain Carmichael

University of Bordeaux: no name submitted

Faculte de Chirurgie Dentaire de Paris VII: Emilie Huguet

Universita Degli Studi di Parma (Italy): Carlo Galli

Universidad de Granada (Spain): no name submitted

Universidad de Talca (Chile): Enrique Araneda

National Defense Medical Center (Taiwan): Ming-Chieh Hsieh

Hassad Medical Center (Israel): Maayan Itzhaki and Yossi Tam

Canada Section divides up their scholarships to 10 dental schools

India Section divides up their scholarship to their schools

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New Executive Director Fred Halik

New Foundation Executive Director Selected

Due to the untimely death of the Foundation’s outstanding Executive Director Shigeo Ryan Kishi last August, the Foundation had to deal with losing another officer leaving their ranks. At their October Annual Meeting in San Francisco, past PFA President (1999-2000) and current Foundation Vice President Fred Halik was selected to become the Foundation’s second Executive Director in its history.

Dr. Halik had served as Grants Committee Chairman, succeeding Dr. Carl Lundgren upon his election last year to the Foundation Presidency. Dr. Halik of Rochester, New York, was elected at that time to be the Foundation Vice President.

The new address for the Foundation’s Office will be to Dr. Fred Halik, 30 Spruce Ridge, Fairport, New York 14450-4278. The current phone number is 585/218-9393; the fax is 585/387-9519; and the email is FPFA@rochester.rr.com.

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L-R, Drs. Agnes Veille-Finet, Daniel Kuntz, President Andrè Robert, Vice President Joseph Maccotta, PFA Trustee Pierre Marois, Vice President Lansade, and Michael Lubin

Foundation News

France

International Trustee Pierre Marois presented the Foundation’s 2002 grant award to the Le Conseil National de l’Ordre des Chirurgiens Dentistes for the French Dental Bus Association. Le Ordre President Andrè Robert hosted a luncheon where Trustee Marois gave an address on PFA and the Foundation to the Board of the Dental Bus Association.

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L-R, Dean Venitia Sposetti, Chair Gary Herbeck, recipient Michael Barbick, UFCD Dean Teresa Dolan
United States
Florida

Chair Gary E. Herbeck presented the Foundation Scholarship Award to University of Florida dental student Michael Barbick along with UFCD Dean Teresa Dolan and Assistant Dean Venitia Sposetti.

Senior Mehul Gadhia received Nova Southeastern University’s first Foundation Scholarship Award from Dean Robert Uchin.

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SIU Restorative Chairman Gregory Stewart presents the Scholarship Award to Carl Bahr
Illinois

Chair Chris Baboulas reported that the Foundation Scholarship Award was presented to Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine student Carl Bahr by their Restorative Department Chair Gregory P. Stewart.

Washington State

The Dental Alumni News of the University of Washington Dental Alumni Association reports in their “Student Honors and Awards” section presenting the PFA Dental Student Scholarship Award to Nathan Russell, and the PFA Senior Student Award to Ron Hsu.

Section News

Australasia

International Trustee William Winspear of Sydney hosted their Section’s Breakfast Meeting and Induction last September at Sydney’s Darling Harbour Convention Centre, during the FDI World Dental Congress, for some 110 members and guests, including PFA International President-elect Kevin L. Roach and wife Ann; past PFA President Minoru Horiuchi (1988-1989)and his wife Yomiko; the President of the Australian Dental Association David Houghton and his wife Henrietta; the President of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Ross Bastiaan, OAM, and his wife Deborah; the FDI President Dato’ Dr. A. Ratnanesan; the FDI Congress & Education Committee Chair Kathryn Kell; and the FDI Local Arrangements Chair Reginald Hession, AM, and his wife Pamela.

Australasia Trustee Mark Sinclair opened the meeting regretting the absence of Section Founder Brigadier A. Gordon Rowell, AO, CBE, ED, and his wife Jeanne, who were unable to attend. Dr. Rowell had founded this Section (and the ICD Section) in 1975 and served many years as PFA International Trustee from Australasia.

International Trustee William Winspear introduced PFA’s Australasia Section President Jonathan Rogers, who addressed the assembly highlighting the Academy’s influential and ongoing commitment in encouraging research and mentorship programmes.

Dr. Winspear then related the Section’s activities since their 2001 Meeting, and the honoring of Dr. Gerald Leatherman of the United Kingdom into the PFA Hall of Fame since Dr. Leatherman had acted as a consultant to the Australian government and was highly regarded by the dental profession there. Dr. Leatherman was also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and an Honorary Member of the Australian Dental Association.


Dr. Winspear went on to note the installation of Dr. Harold Hillenbrand of the United States into the PFA Hall of Fame. Dr. Hillenbrand, FDI Vice President in 1952 through to his Presidency in 1971 worked with then FDI Executive Secretary Gerald Leatherman to develop and promote a philosophy that ensured that FDI become a truly international organization.

Trustee Winspear noted their support of dental undergraduate training through each year presenting the Academy’s Student Award of Merit to its six dental schools in Australia and in New Zealand, as well as in the School of Oral Health in Fiji; presenting three International Undergraduate Scholarships sponsored by the PFA Foundation; and the Section’s Gordon Rowell Prize for Excellence. The Australasian Section also assisted in funding the University of Queensland’s etched glass portrait of Pierre Fauchard. They also helped the Honour Board select recipients of the Award of Merit.

Honorary Fellowship was conferred by PFA President-elect Kevin Roach, PFA Trustee William Winspear, and Section President Jonathan Rogers on Professor-emeritus Noel D. Martin, AM, through his representative Elizabeth Butcher, AM. Due to illness he was unable to attend.

Professor Noel Martin is nationally recognized as an authority in dental education, dental public and community health, and preventative dentistry. He served on the Faculty of Dentistry for the University of Sydney since 1944. In 1970, he was elected the Dean of Faculty, a post he held until his retirement in 1988. Some of his distinguished achievements are introducing fluoride into the Australian water supplies, his driving force in educating the public and government about the benefits, efficacy, and safety of water fluoride that resulted in bringing the Australian decay rate to one of the lowest in the world.

The New Fellows Induction Ceremony followed for some 30 new members and 17 in absentia.

Ireland

Chair Robin O’Sullivan inducted Dean Peter Cowan of the Faculty of Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as a new Academy Fellow.

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Dr. Javier Garro Barrio
Poland

Chair Professor Zbigniew Janczuk reported hosting their annual meeting last October in Lodi. Professor E. Spischowicz of Warsaw was selected as Section Chairman. The Section stands at 73 active Fellows (including the recent five new members inducted), 15 Life Fellows, three associate Fellows, and one Honorary Fellow.

Spain

Section Chair Dr. Don Javier Garro Barrio passed away last July.

Don Javier Garro Barrio, Catedratico de la Facultad de Medicina y Odontologia de la UPV Medico Estomatologo, Presidente de la Academia Pierre Fauchard (Seccion Espanola), falencio en Pamplona el dia 31 de Julio, 2003, a los 69 anos de edad, despues de recibir los Santos Scramentos y la Benedicion Apostolica de su Santidad. D.E.P.: Su esposa, Angela Arza; hijos, Javier y Marta Gabas, Cristina y Ronald Tomlinson, Monica y Andres Lombardia, Belen y Bernd Laber y Angela; nietos, Javier, Ignacio y Victoria, Natalie, Alexandra y Sofia, Belen y Lucia y Alex, hermanos, Jesus(+) y Conchita Ainzua, Andres y Alicia Gorriz; tia, Luisita Arza; sobrinos, promos y demas familiars.

Agradecceran la assitencia a los funerales que se celebrarian Manana Sabado, dia 2 a las Ocho Y Media de la tarde en la Iglesia parroquial de Cristos Rey de Pamplona.

La conduccion del cadaver al cementerio de Tafalla tendra lugar Manana Sabado, die 2 a las Diez Y Veinte de la manana desde el Tanatorio Irache de Ardaiz, Azcona, Ortigosa y Unzue.

Section News continued

United States
California, Southern Section

Trustee Charles Eller reported on their activities in having the Foundation help St. Leo’s Dental Clinic in Solano Beach, the Ezperanza Health Center in Tijuana, donating toothbrushes to the Reserve Task Force in the jungles of Honduras, and the two dental units/chairs donated by Dr. Gary France that were placed in Viscaino, Baja California.

PFA President Gary Lowder and Fellow William L. Mihram initiated helped initiate new Fellows at their Spring Meeting. Included among those names already reported was Dr. Mark Cruz of Monarch Beach.

Fellow Jack S. Broussard, Jr. was named Director of USC’s School of Dentistry’s new Oral Health Center, which just opened last November.

Fellow and past PFA President (1974) George Higue received the USC Alumni Association President’s Award to recognize his excellence in volunteer activities.

Life Member George E. Krueger passed away and will be missed from the Florida ranks.

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Florida’s New Fellows with Chair Gary Herbeck (left)
Florida

Chair Gary Herbeck inducted eight new Fellows into the Academy during Florida’s annual PFA/ICD Breakfast Meeting held during the Florida National Dental Congress in Orlando. Inducted were Drs. Wade Townsend, Ralph Attanasi, Sol Brotman, Tricia Bradley, Bernard Kahn, Lee Ann McIlwain, Gabor Bodnar, and Jeffrey Secor.

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Gary Herbeck presenting Distinguished Dentist Award to Dr. James Antoon

Dr. James Antoon, Florida Dental Association’s 2002 Dentist of the Year, was honored with the PFA Section Award of Recognition.

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Past Section Chair Lee Hawkins and Chair Karyn Stockwell (on left) induct new Fellows Gary Stough, Dan Patterson, and Jack Newman
Geogia

Chair Karyn Stockwell hosted their Annual Hinman Breakfast Meeting to induct new members into the Academy.
Oklahoma

Chair William Goodman hosted their annual Breakfast Meeting in Oklahoma City last April during the Oklahoma Dental Association’s Annual Session.

Some 64 members and guests attended to induct nine new Fellows, which included Drs. William Beasley, Larry Kiner, Deborah Corwin, J. Owen Corwin, Jay Kruska, L. D. Whitlock, and Don Mitchell.

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New Oklahoma Fellows
Oklahoma

Chair William Goodman hosted their annual Breakfast Meeting in Oklahoma City last April during the Oklahoma Dental Association’s Annual Session. Some 64 members and guests attended to induct nine new Fellows, which included Drs. William Beasley, Larry Kiner, Deborah Corwin, J. Owen Corwin, Jay Kruska, L. D. Whitlock, and Don Mitchell.

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L-R, Dr. Frank Miranda, Dean Steve Young, Kerry McNickle, Dr. Zach McNickle, and Dr. Justin Power

The Also honored at this joint meeting with ICD and ACD were Dr. Zach McNickle the scholarship winner, and Dr. Justin Power the Senior PFA Award recipient, both from the Oklahoma University College of Dentistry.

Oklahoma Section has plans to involve the OU dental students, the College of Dentistry, the Oklahoma Dental Association, and the State Dental Journal in a program to build and to teach professionalism and ethics. They are also hosting an essay contest for the dental students.

New York

Chairman Bruce Seidberg hosted their Section Meeting in Rochester and presented the PFA outgoing Chairman’s Plaque to retiring Chair Edward Feinberg of Scarsdale for his two years dedication to the Academy in serving as their Section leader. Dr. Feinberg has served this year as new member coordinator bringing in 27 new Fellows.

Rhode Island

Chair Richard Walsh inducted five new Fellows into the Academy, Drs. Barbara Cavicchio, Frank De Quanttro, Scott Fertik, Ernestos Piedra, and David Pezzullo during their annual dinner meeting where some 40 members and guests were in attendance. Dr. James J. Brennan, a Woonsocket orthodontist, was recognized by their Section with the Outstanding Service Award

for his many years of dedication to the dental profession, most recently as Chair of RIDA’s Council on Communications.

The Rhode Island Section supports the Donated Dental Services, Mentorship, and an Anti-Smokeless Tobacco campaign.

South Carolina

Chair Craig Draffin hosted their Section Luncheon Meeting last August in Columbia to induct new Fellows: Drs. James Mencer, Richard Graham, Monica Cayonette, Scott Cayonette, David Oysta, Clyde Stockton, and Kevin Raines.

Dr. Charles Millwood was honored with their Outstanding Dentist of the Year Award.

The 2003-2004 new Officers for their Section are: Chairman William Webb, Chair-elect Louis Shepard, Vice-Chair Danny Cront, and Secretary/Treasurer E. W. Rabon, Jr. At their meeting, Dr. Jack Turbyfil of Columbia discussed “Removable Prosthetics.”

Dr. Shig R. Kishi Memorial

Bernardo Levit of Argentina, International Trustee for Region 7, has become a world authority on the subject of halitosis, having published papers and given lectures in two languages on the subject. Last year, Drs. Bernardo Levit and Ivan Moldauer presented a table clinic at the Miami Winter Meeting and Dental Expo entitled “A Comprehensive Approach for the Treatment of Halitosis.” Their table clinic earned first prize. The cash award was donated by both presenters to the PFA Foundation.

At the recent ADA Session in San Francisco, Dr. Levit gave a seminar on his findings on halitosis.

Now Dr. Levit has assembled an e-book of his work on halitosis entitled “Contemporary Concepts for Breath Oral Study & Research.” The CD disc pictures Dr. Kishi and is enscribed “In memoriam of Dr. Shigeo Ryan Kishi.” This e-book may be purchased from the PFA Central Office for $40 with all proceeds going to the PFA Foundation’s Dr. Shig Kishi Memorial Fund.
This is a living tribute to our great past PFA President and Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Kishi. And in purchasing this e-book, the buyer not only donates to the Foundation fund but gets the latest information on halitosis from an award-winning author on the subject.

While the supply lasts, this work may be purchased by contacting the PFA Central Office at P.O. Box 80330, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89180-0330 or by calling 1-800-232-0099.

If you wish to make a memorial donation to the Dr. Shig R. Kishi Fund for the Foundation, use the same means of contact. Arrangements are also being made to secure back copies of Drs. Loader and Kishi’s book Legacy.

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY
OFFICERS

Kevin L. Roach
President
Canada

Michael J. Perpich
President-elect
Minnesota

Howard Mark
Vice President
Connecticut

Richard A. Kozal
Secretary General
Nevada

James M. Brophy
Editor
Illinois

Gary Lowder
Immediate Past President
Utah

PIERRE FAUCHARD ACADEMY
TRUSTEES

REGION 1—Europe
Pierre Marois
France

REGION 2—N.E. USA
Richard Walsh
Rhode Island

REGION 3—S.E. USA
Robert S. Hart
Florida

REGION 4—Midwest USA
James A. Englander
Wisconsin

REGION 5—Western USA
Charles Eller
California

REGION 6—Canada
Barry Dolman
Ontario

REGION 7—Latin America
Bernardo Levit
Argentina

REGION 8—Australasia
William Winspear
Australia

REGION 9—Asia
Mamoru Sakuda
Japan

REGION 10—Central USA
Steve Hedlund
Iowa

 

FOUNDATION OFFICERS FOUNDATION TRUSTEES

Carl Lundgren
President
California

M. David Campbell
Vice President
Michigan

Fred Halik
Executive Director
New York

William Korte
Treasurer
Illinois

George Higue
Treasurer-emeritus
California

FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO OFFICERS

Kevin L. Roach
Canada

Michael Perpich
Minnesota

Richard Kozal
Nevada

FOUNDATION TRUSTEES

C. Larry Barrett
Iowa

Gary Lowder
Utah

Minoru Horiuchi
Massachusetts

James Long
Mississippi

Michael Cripton
Canada

Scott Welch
Wyoming

Nicholas Saccone
Pennsylvania

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